Solo exhibition on human emotions in Colombo: Sculptures, paintings in the world of abstraction

PUBLISHED Mar 30, 2023

Work on display at the solo exhibition “Humanity”

Abstract artist Ruwan Prasanga’s solo exhibition “Humanity” is currently underway at the Barefoot Gallery (Galle Road, Colombo 04), a contemporary art gallery in Bambalapitiya, Colombo.

Prasanga, also an art instructor, majored in sculpture at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows locally and internationally, and in 2016 he held a two-person show with his 4-year-old son. Prasanga always longed to explore new styles of art by experimenting with different media and does not limit himself to a single technique. He expresses the world of abstraction, “which is filled with various meanings,” in his sculptures and paintings.

The exhibition “Humanity,” Prasanga’s fourth solo show, features works that express human thoughts and emotions through stone sculptures and paintings on canvas. In sculptures featuring a human head, he carved contrasting lines on the left and right sides of the face. He expresses different aspects of human life and dual views of feelings while preserving the natural semblance of the stone.

The paintings depicting people in subdued tones express strong human emotions. He explained that the rulers are depicted in dark colors, as they are uncaring of others and only concerned with their own people. Ordinary people are presented in vibrant colors to show they live simple lives without causing harm to others. In the works with unfinished lines, he expressed that people’s feelings are constantly changing.

The exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until April 15. Closed on Sundays.

  • Painting depicting human figures

  • A work incorporating text

  • Stone sculpture