21 Jul 2016 – 17 Aug 2016
Paradise Road Galleries
It was a glorious day in the year 2006; I was wondering around “Diyawanna Oya” to find a scenic location to paint. After selecting a suitable location I started drawing and suddenly a group of Army personnel emerged from a nearby bush and started to question me. It was in the conflict and they were suspicious of anyone around the parliament. After explaining to them that my objective was not drawing the parliament but the beauty of the “Diyawanna Oya” I was free to do my job. My state of mind however was not the same and it gave birth to a series of distinct paintings with a new dimension. They still encapsulates the beauty and serenity of the lake but also reflects the sudden fear and shock, the artificial landscape, created due to the experience which has forever changed the way I see the lake. It’s been 10 years now. “Lake Diyawannawa” one of the most stunning sights in Sri Lanka has begun to emerge with a number of changes. Not only the lake but also the changes started taking place within me. The monochrome concept of my paintings is now combined with a bit of colour.