Jagath Weerasinghe’s solo exhibition ‘Impetus’ in Colombo – Focusing on early works

PUBLISHED Sep 14, 2023

Exhibition “Impetus”

Jagath Weerasinghe’s solo exhibition “Impetus” is currently underway at the contemporary art gallery Saskia Fernando Gallery (41 Horton Pl, Colombo) in Colombo 07.

Weerasinghe, who holds a master’s degree in fine arts from American University in Washington D.C., is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Sri Lankan art. He is a co-founder of Theertha Artists Collective, an artist-led NGO that promotes and encourages experimental art with contemporary artists in Sri Lanka. Known for his passionate and frenzied expression, his work explores violence, trauma, and social breakdown. Weerasinghe has exhibited his work in over 50 solo and group exhibitions domestically and internationally, including Japan, the UK, India, Singapore, and Germany.

The “Impetus” features a selection of works created from 1989 to the early 1990s. It showcases Weerasinghe’s artistic response to the turbulent social and political events in Sri Lanka during the 1980s. Using woodcut prints as his medium, he portrays severed heads, broken stupas, and distorted human figures with elongated features. These early works serve as a foundation for his later exploration and examination of Sri Lankan society and the collapse of ethical and moral order in his art.

One highlight piece in the exhibition is the installation “Shrine of the Innocents, Kilinochchi: Where is my Child?” created in collaboration with mothers who lost their children during the Sri Lankan civil war.

The exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until September 30. Closed on Sundays.

  • Exhibition setup

  • Early works

  • Engraved terracotta by mothers in Kilinochchi

  • Installation “Shrine of the Innocents, Kilinochchi: Where is my Child?”