11 November - 11 December 2021
  • There is something ethereal about Ruwan Prasanna’s latest exhibition, Aluyama. Beginning with his Unknown Bird series, as his career has progressed, so has Ruwan Prasanna’s foray into abstraction. Today, his works are arboreal landscapes, unabashedly abstract and evoking the sensation of being immersed in nature rather than literally depicting it. At the forefront of Ruwan Prasanna’s work is instinct; when asked when he knows a work is complete, the artist states that he stops when the process of painting no longer brings him excitement. It is this temporality and immediacy in his work that brings it to life. Their calculated imperfection represents their vitality, alerting us to the fleeting nature of Ruwan Prasanna’s subject matter. The impasto of the paint, in its thickness and overt irregulation, draws attention to the texture of Ruwan Prasanna’s work. He places atmosphere at the forefront, distancing himself from the tired figurative nature of the traditional landscape. 


     

  • In his 2018 series Komorebi, the artist represented the dappled filtering of the sun through leaves; a gestural motif he returned to a year later in his Twilight series. Now canonized as his signature style, Twilight boasted a dark colour palette that was deep and dusky. It is clear that there is something markedly different about his conceptualization in this latest series - alerting us to his progression as an artist who has come to be considered one of Sri Lanka’s most important abstract painters. The colours explored in Ruwan Prasanna’s Aluyama, or Dawn, are those unseen by the naked eye; instead, they are representative of the essence of dawn. Splashed across the canvases in spontaneous, thick gestural strokes are a kaleidoscope of bright, pulsating vivid colours.

     

    To Ruwan Prasanna, the dawning of a new day represents a rejuvenation of energy. In this he finds something soothing, something wonderfully hopeful. Aluyama fully embodies the poetic sense of colour that Prasanna inherits from the Post-Impressionists. The dancing light and colours of dawn vibrate at a frequency that shakes away the worries of yesterday; leaving us feeling fresh and light. This is the feeling that Ruwan Prasanna evokes in his exhibition through the twenty canvas works bathed in swaths of rich orange and yellows with supple pinks and greens dissolving together to create a sense of fluidity. The sequential nature of his work leads the viewer from one moment in time to another, from one slant of light to the other, in a procession that mimics the dawning of a new day.  

  • Ruwan Prasanna, Aluyama XIX, 2021

    Ruwan Prasanna

    Aluyama XIX, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
    122 x 122 cm (diptych)
    48 1/8 x 48 1/8 inches
  • Ruwan Prasanna, Aluyama II, 2021

    Ruwan Prasanna

    Aluyama II, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
    124 x 149 cm
    48 7/8 x 58 5/8 inches
  • Ruwan Prasanna, Aluyama VIII, 2021

    Ruwan Prasanna

    Aluyama VIII, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
    153 x 153 cm
    60 1/4 x 60 1/4 inches
    LKR 500,000.00
  • Ruwan Prasanna, Aluyama VII, 2021

    Ruwan Prasanna

    Aluyama VII, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
    183 x 183 cm
    72 1/20 x 72 1/20
  • Ruwan Prasanna, Aluyama XI, 2021

    Ruwan Prasanna

    Aluyama XI, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
    244 x 244 cm (diptych)
    96 1/8 x 96 1/8 inches
    LKR 950,000.00
  • Ruwan Prasanna, Aluyama I, 2021

    Ruwan Prasanna

    Aluyama I, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
    136 x 136 cm
    53 1/2 x 53 1/2 inches
  • Ruwan Prasanna, Aluyama III, 2021

    Ruwan Prasanna

    Aluyama III, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
    123 x 123 cm
    48 3/8 x 48 3/8 inches