Artist feels the moment

With a background in Sri Lanka, Cayman artist Rasitha Sanjeewa has a richer palette to draw on than most.

“I am not an academic artist,” he tells Weekender.

“I am Rasitha, who comes with sprit of arts, I am not in jail I mean, not in farm, I use feelings found from the moment to make my novels.”
He says that people ask him his style a lot.,

“I don’t have [one]; my style is feelings, I use what I found; the words for my paintings and sculptures [are] materials.”

Hence the new exhibition, Moments with Feelings, which opens on Friday, 27 April, at 6pm at the Watler House Studio, Pedro Castle.

“[The] moment is very important to me, I have captured things from moments, that’s very important to my art. The exhibition is all about what people feel when people feel things. There is a moment that feeling comes and that’s what I have captured to my painting.”

Mixed media

Rasitha loves working on mixed media – he says it’s all about texture and using everything he feels works to present his ideas in paint and sculpture.

“In this world I believe we have to do recycling things. As a artist I am always trying to use what I can make art from things, [for example] I found plastic spoons and I have created sculptures for this exhibition.”

The opening night, sponsored by Visual Arts Society, also includes complementary nibbles, wine and beer. The exhibit is then open from noon to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rasitha’s artistic influences come from his home town, Ambalangoda in Sri Lanka.

“The town always had artistic festivals and in my childhood I was involved. I started to draw my first painting with my fingers then had my first solo exhibition in 1999 at Alliance Francaise of Colombo.

“After that I had many group exhibitions and international artist camps. I have one world-famous painting in Encyclopedia Britannica and have become a well-known artist with 75 paintings internationally and 150 in Sri Lanka.”

The move to Cayman has inspired new work, he says, and whilst influence is inevitably drawn from immediate surroundings, everything on earth has value.

Art, after all, is a way of expressing the complexity and beauty of the world and its emotions through often simple, sometimes intriguingly oblique forms. A visit to the exhibit will show as much about the world as it reflects ourselves.

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