• Skeleton Mountain

    2013, Acrylic and Collage on Canvas Board, Diameter 75 cm

  • Paradise Lost IV

    2011, Mixed Media on Canvas, 76 x 76 cm (x6)

  • EMERGENCY, 2014, Breese Little Gallery, London

  • 2015, ON YOUR WAY HOME I, Mixed media on canvas, 99 x 80 cm

  • 2011, Paradise Lost IV, mixed media on canvas, 76x76cm(x6)

  • 2011, Paradise Lost I, mixed media on canvas, 152 cm x 109 cm

  • 2011, Paradise Lost II, mixed media on canvas, 152x109cm(x2)

  • 2011, Paradise Lost III, mixed media on canvas, 101x76cm(x2)

  • 2015, An Hour in the Herbal Garden, Mixed Media on Canvas, 100×159.9cm

  • 2016, Garden of Earthly Delights V, Mixed Media on Canvas, 100x100cm

  • 2017, Garden of Earthly Delights V, Mixed Media on Canvas, 150 x120 cm

Priyantha Udagedara  b.1975

Priyantha Udagedara holds a PhD in Contemporary Fine Art Practice from the Leeds Metropolitan University UK. The artist creates works with aesthetic appeal that from a distance imply a subject and imagery of a paradisiacal nature. When viewed closely the intense and often disturbing nature of his subject transforms through collaged animal and body parts combined with splattered paint. His watercolour hybrid creature series present the same juxtaposition of beauty and agony, depicting monster and human forms with intricate detail and color in a continuation of his distinctive Paradise Lost series that contemplates the current political and social state of post-war Sri Lanka. In his latest series Garden of Earthly Delights, Udagedara works with collage and painting to create an elaborate depiction from the Herbal Garden series that confronts the growing sex industry in Sri Lanka. Presented as a mere observation the flora and fauna resemble the signage used to attract visitors to brothels disguised as Ayurvedic massage parlors. The sex industry is largely ignored by the traditional cultural government organizations that also turn a blind eye to another prevalent issue: gender-based violence. Hints of paint splattered like blood suggest turmoil beneath what is presented as a Buddhist culture, a continuation of his Paradise Lost series of work.

 

Education

2013 PhD in Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
2007 MA in Contemporary Fine Art Practice (Merit), Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
2003 BFA in Painting, Institute of Aesthetic Studies University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 ORIENTALISM | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Garden of Earthly Delights | Grosvenor Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2015 Herbal Garden | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 UVPA 10th Anniversary Show: Visual Art Exhibition | JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Priyantha Udagedara | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Priyantha Udagedara | Works from 2010 to 2014, Norman Rae Gallery, York, United Kingdom
2013 Paradise Lost | Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham, United Kingdom
2013 Paradise Lost | Colorida Galeria De Arte E Design LDA, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 Paradise Lost | Broadcasting Place Gallery, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
2010 Exhibition of Painting | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 M.A. Degree Show | 6th Floor H Building, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
2006 Exhibition of Painting | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 Exhibition of Painting | Barefoot Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2003 Exhibition of Painting | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space | Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Disambiguation, curated by Saskia Fernando | Art Dubai 2016, U.A.E
2014 Summer Dance | Breese Little Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2014 Emergency | Breese Little Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2014 Opening Exhibition 2014 | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Leeds Art Fair | The Light, United Kingdom
2007 Situation Leeds | Leeds, United Kingdom
2007 Interim | Leeds Metropolitan MA exhibition, Old BBC building, Leeds, United Kingdom
2005 The Cross Art Project  | An Exhibition of Sri Lankan & Australian Artists, Sydney, Australia
2004 International Artist Camp Habarana | Organised by George Keyt foundation, Sri Lanka
2003 Gangcey of Sri Lanka | Lalith Kala Academy Gallery, New Delhi, India
2004 Gap Zero 3 | The Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 Young Contemporaries | Harold Peries Gallery, George Keyt Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2002 Young Contemporaries | National Art Gallery, George Keyt Foundation, Colombo Sri Lanka
2002 National Painting & Sculpture Exhibition National Art Gallery | Sri Lanka Kala Mandalaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Solo Exhibitions

2017 ORIENTALISMSaskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Garden of Earthly Delights | Grosvenor Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2015 Herbal Garden | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 UVPA 10th Anniversary Show: Visual Art Exhibition | JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Priyantha Udagedara | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Priyantha Udagedara | Works from 2010 to 2014, Norman Rae Gallery, York, United Kingdom
2013 Paradise Lost | Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham, United Kingdom
2013 Paradise Lost | Colorida Galeria De Arte E Design LDA, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 Paradise Lost | Broadcasting Place Gallery, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
2010 Exhibition of Painting | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 M.A. Degree Show | 6th Floor H Building, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
2006 Exhibition of Painting | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2004 Exhibition of Painting | Barefoot Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2003 Exhibition of Painting | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2016 Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space | Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Garden of Earthly Delights | Grosvenor Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2016 Disambiguation, curated by Saskia Fernando | Art Dubai 2016, U.A.E
2015 Herbal Garden | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Priyantha Udagedara | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Priyantha Udagedara | Works from 2010 to 2014, Norman Rae Galler, York United Kingdom
2013 Paradise Lost | Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham United Kingdom
2010 Exhibition of Painting | Paradise Road Galleries, Colombo Sri Lanka
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