In gods of metal, Prageeth Manohansa presents the age-old contrast of industrialized culture versus utopian nature in new form. An incisive sculptor, Prageeth transforms banal scrap metal into stunning images of life and beauty. His sculptural pieces breathe with movement and emotion, and he captures this same dynamic spirit on paper with his charcoal drawings. It is indeed a privilege to provide Prageeth his first international solo exhibition here. The long and exciting journey from Sri Lanka to Singapore was made achievable through the steady and generous support of Saskia Fernando Gallery, with whom it was a pleasure to partner on this exhibition.
Singapore, October 2012
It has been a pleasure working with Stephanie Tham of Galerie Steph on this collaboration and we are particularly pleased that Prageeth Manohansa’s first international show will be held in Singapore, a country that has strong links to Sri Lanka and a vibrant art industry. In the three and a half years that we have worked with Manohansa he has continued on a steady path, becoming our island’s most cutting edge contemporary sculptor. Despite the increasing number of local artists who are inspired by his work, Manohansa remains unparalleled as a pioneering artist with a unique portfolio of works made of welded metal and paper, both of which are featured in this – his first international solo show.
Sri Lanka, October 2012