REVIEW | THE LOST COLLECTION BY LAKI SENANAYAKE

Review by Kavan Balasuriya

Once archived as part of a forgotten history , a selection of seventy three pieces emerged as The Lost Collection, largely dating back from the 1970s which was showcased at Barefoot Gallery in September 2016. The anthology appears to employ the understanding of morphogenesis, survival , eroticism and sensuality to present a comprehensive discourse on the relationship between environment,  impermanence, evolution and mortality. Senanayake's substantial research interests are disclosed organisms, mechanisms and structures. The space hosted illuminating content that ranged from patient, monochromatic botanical illustrations, intensively figurative landscape studies, colorful depictions of exotic creatures from excerpts of oriental forklore and a warm corridor of mediated, suggestive compositions.

The artist has a telling instinct in evoking the shared perceptive breadth of his natural subjects and the environment in which they reside. Mythologies are surmised through the colorfully presented impulse of such beings.

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28th August, 2017 Visual Art | Paintings

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