Solo exhibition ‘MENACING LANDSCAPES’ held in Colombo, symbolizing changing face of city

PUBLISHED Jan 31, 2023

Work on display at MENACING LANDSCAPES

Barefoot Gallery (Galle Road, Colombo 04), a contemporary art gallery in the Bambalapitiya neighborhood of Colombo, is currently holding Prasad Hettiarachchi’s solo exhibition “MENACING LANDSCAPES.”

Prasad has been painting since childhood, and one of his earlier works was exhibited in France at the UNESCO Centre. He has received numerous awards and has participated in art workshops and projects. Although Prasad also works in carvings and sculpture, he is best known for his watercolor miniatures with intricate details that maximize the use of blank spaces.

Prasad, who says he is interested in the nature of urban development and its impact on the people of Colombo, creates works that highlight the socio-economic class dynamics. In the MENACING LANDSCAPES, focusing on the rapidly changing urban landscape of Slave Island, Prasad presents works inspired by the idea of what large-scale development projects mean to different social groups.

Where skyscrapers stand once had inhabitants of their own. While many people supported the development, for the lower and middle class, it triggered a loss of housing, income, and connections. Prasad’s works symbolically represent the changing face of Colombo, reflecting on historical and contemporary colonial machinations within the island and the manipulation of internal conflicts to divide and conquer.

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays. The exhibition will run until February 18.

  • Watercolor work by Prasad Hettiarachchi

  • Exhibited work at MENACING LANDSCAPES