REACHING ACROSS CULTURE WITH ART
Saskia Fernando Gallery at India Art Fair 2020
Taking place annually in the capital city of New Delhi, India Art Fair reflects the country’s fastdeveloping art scene, as well as offering curated insights into the cultural landscapes of neighbouring states. The fair’s programme draws together galleries, artists, private foundations, arts charities, artists’ collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals. It aims to enable both local and international audiences to engage in innovative ways with the cultural history and development of the South Asian region. The India Art Fair 2020 promotes cultural discourse through a broad and exciting line-up of large-scale installations, conversations, screenings, performances and live events, engaging diverse audiences with a wide spectrum of artistic practices. Over the years, the public programme has evolved to feature artists, speakers, and consultants from some of the world’s leading art organisations. Saskia Fernando Gallery participates at this acclaimed Fair with works of art by esteemed artists and present new work by Saskia Pintelon, Priyantha Udagedara and Chandraguptha Thenuwara.
Of Saskia Pintelon’s works of art, collage vintage photographs and mixed media work on paper from the artist's series of work recently exhibited at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Gent, Belgium. Belgium-born Saskia Pintelon moved to Sri Lanka in 1982. Her paintings are very personal and yet encompass a wide range of universal concerns in strong, layered images. Inspired by local and universal issues, stories from the gut and the heart, politics and day-to-day concerns, her body of works interprets the collective human experience, environment and the cycle of life with intimate and personal preoccupations. In 2016 Pintelon’s work was presented at the Dhaka Art Summit in an exhibition titled ‘The Missing One’ curated by Nada Raza as well as by Saskia Fernando Gallery at Art Dubai. The ‘Missing One’ exhibition traveled to Norway later in the year and is currently being exhibited at OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo. The artist has exhibited throughout Asia and Europe and is represented in both Singapore by Yavuz Fine Art and in Sri Lanka by Saskia Fernando Gallery.
Priyantha Udagedara's highly sought-after large scale canvases feature his mixed media paradisiacal landscapes from the artist's ‘Orientalism’ series most recently exhibited in Los Angeles. Ideologically motivated brush strokes strike easel in Priyantha Udagedara’s new series ‘Orientalism,’ with layer upon layer from an almost hypnotic palette of hues for only the true enthusiast to unravel – exposing the paradox that is beautiful horror. Priyantha challenges the orientalist’s notion of foreign beauty and invites the viewer to unearth -and concurrently interpret- what is beneath the deception of the exoticism in brazen display. Priyantha Udagedara was born and raised in Kandy which he reveals in ARTRA Magazine Edition 28 as w conversed with him on his works of art, to have had an immense impact on his skill. He studied painting at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Chandraguptha Thenuwara's brass sculpture are the first of the artists’ works to draw references to early symbolism from his very first memorial exhibitions; this year the artist will create a permanent installation for the Geoffrey Bawa Centennial exhibition titled 'The Gift'. Chandraguptha Thenuwara has presented solo exhibitions at Maroondah Gallery Victoria, City Gallery Russia, Colombo National Art Gallery as well as group shows including Art Dubai 2016, Colomboscope 2015, Colombo Art Biennale, Bengaluru National Gallery of Modern Art, Breese Little London, Asia House London, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and the Devi Art Foundation. Thenuwara also recently presented his works at Baik Art Gallery in Los Angeles along with other Sri Lankan artists in a group exhibition, called ‘Crossing Place’.
Saskia Fernando Gallery was established in February 2009 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The gallery expanded in December 2013 to a space where it now stands as the largest contemporary art gallery in the island, housing two exhibition spaces and an inventory of over 1000 works by leading and emerging local contemporary artists. In addition to presenting monthly exhibitions, the gallery has collaborated on exhibitions internationally in London, Dubai and Singapore. Saskia Fernando Gallery has succeeded as the first gallery to professionalize the Sri Lankan contemporary art scene and take the industry forward in marking its place as a considerable player in the South Asian art movement. Find Saskia Fernando Gallery at Booth D03, at the India Art Fair 2020.
image courtsey : Saskia Fernando Gallery