Saskia Fernando Gallery is pleased to present Sutra by Nuwan Nalaka, an exhibition of recent work. Largely featuring paintings—this exhibition will explore both the aesthetic and philosophical dimensions of spirituality and enlightenment in Nuwan Nalaka’s paintings made in 2017.
Nuwan Nalaka’s compelling works float between the temporal and the spiritual, remaining in neither. Instead they are always on the move—always becoming. Every painting carries a visible or invisible destination, suggesting a grand ending—be it in the sky, behind a mountain, or a in a mystic form lurking through a thicket. The artist has created resonant compositions that threaten to swallow the viewer whole, into an eternal landscape of blacks, and whites with complex interactions of motifs and symbols that will reward sustained looking. These works depict a timeless moment of seeking and traveling; of pausing, reflecting, and deciding. It presents the viewer the space to exercise a sense of responsibility for the path they wish to take. Joining these works in the exhibition affords an opportunity to experience Nuwan Nalaka as an artist, and more importantly, as a spiritual cartographer.
Nuwan Nalaka is an emerging artist in Sri Lanka who is better known for his watercolor on paper works that the artist
presented in solo exhibitions in Colombo, Galle and Kandy, prior to his departure to India. Nalaka has also participated in numerous shows in India since 2003. The artist is back after having completed his Masters in Fine Art at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India. Of his time in India, Nalaka says, "This was an experience that was one of the most important for me to-date, moving from my native land to interact and understand modern Indian culture. Over the past decade I lived in an atmosphere where religion and culture differed greatly from Sri Lanka."
These cross-boundary experiences have had a profound impact on his recent work.