Solo exhibition ‘Prakriti’ at Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo: Deliberation on feminine energy, sexuality, erotic

PUBLISHED Dec 8, 2022

The exhibition “Prakriti” by Nuwan Nalaka

Saskia Fernando Gallery (41 Horton Pl, Colombo), a contemporary art gallery in Colombo 7, is currently holding Nuwan Nalaka’s solo exhibition “Prakriti.”

Nalaka, who works in watercolor and tempera, completed his Masters in Fine Arts at Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India. His work is informed by gender, politics, nature, spirituality, and psychology, and he combines the painting techniques he learned in India with Sri Lankan culture and religion in his artwork. He has exhibited his works in solo and group shows in Sri Lanka and abroad, and “Prakriti” is his third solo show at the gallery.

The title “Prakriti” is a Sanskrit word. In ancient Indian philosophy, it refers to the original or natural form or condition of anything, original or primary substance, and women were thought to be the embodiment of Prakriti.

The exhibition focuses on large-format paintings featuring flowers and plants. In this series of artworks, Nalaka deliberated on feminine energy, sexuality, and the erotic by employing biological, decorative, and symbolic connotations associated with flowers. Through the flowers depicted in his artwork, he delved into their sexual allusions and feminine ability to create new life.

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Sundays. The “Prakriti” will run until December 13.

  • Artwork on display at the exhibition “Prakriti”

  • The exhibition “Prakriti”