06.03.18 – 05.04.18
Prageeth Manohansa’s work characteristically follows the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an
intuitive way of living that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural cycle
of growth and decay. The artist’s work is multidisciplinary and highlighted by his focus on figurative
compositions made from scrap metal and found objects collected from sites and junkyards. Much
like the junk art of Cesar and the assemblage of Picasso, the artist transforms the mundane into
artistically and conceptually strong works incorporating movement and character as his signature.
Over time as these objects are exposed to the environment they transform: the colour of the brass
darkens and the iron bars rust; such is the allure of Prageeth Manohansa’s work.
In this new series Wanantharaya, the artist welds and moulds brass into shapes of leaves or wraps
brass pieces around manipulated wires in the creation of the animals from his ‘jungle’ (wanantharaya).
In his paintings, inspired by recent collaborations, Manohansa takes a microscopic view of form and
works with acrylic on paper on minimal and unusual illustrations of fauna. Meditating on this subject
the artist’s new works possess a contemplative and subtle quality; a narrative of the artists reclusive
nature and his environs. The sculpture are daintier in form and material, smaller in size from his
usual life-size welded iron works. Compositionally this series of paintings are linear and bolder
to his figurative drawings. Contrary to the structured chaos he is often known for, Wanantharaya
emanates Manohansa’s gentler view and persona.