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"Two Youths - Two Contexts & Their Awakening"
An Exhibition of Doodles, Paintings and Photographs by
Kesara RATNAVIBHUSHANA and P.T. Andrew de SILVA

Kesera RATNANIVIBHUSHANA
P.T. Andrew de SILVA

The exhibition is titled "Two Youths, Two Contexts and Their Awakening" was opened on January 21, 2005 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The title refers to recent events in both young artist's personal history. One of them, Kesara has been studying Art History at the University of East London for the last two years, and the other artist, Andrew, is a recent degree graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Andrew, mostly brought up in the UK, is presently visiting Sri Lanka (the land of his birth) and expresses through photography his joyous reactions to the local surroundings.


The honorary guest of the exhibition was legendary author and scientist Sir Arthur C. CLARKE who made the opening of the exhibition by lighting candles which is part of the Sri Lankan traditiions. Both young artists were very excited as well as the guests of the opening reception by Sir Arthur's contribution. Before lighting the candle, there was one minute silence for in memory of Tsunami victims where reached the most sensibile moment, where almost everyone had difficulty to hold their cry for Tsunami victims...


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About Kesara RATNAVIBHUSHANA (21 years)

Kesara has spent many hours traversing the streets of London photographing the city's eclectic urban makeup. His intricate drawings done mostly whilst whiling away long wintery nights, are what he calls "castles in the sky".

Like his drawings, his acrylic paintings are his "flights of fancy" into a great cosmic unknown -- a science fiction universe in which cities float and scale is immense.

Born and educated in Sri Lanka (Primary education at DSSV and AIS and completing Secondary education at Colombo International School), Kesara left for London in 2002 for higher studies. As a young boy he spent time on his home rooftop gazing at the heavens with his telescope. Like most children he was fond of drawing and model building, but rediscovered a singular and interesting style of expression as a reaction to the tedium of sitting A Level exams at CIS, Colombo when he produced a series of cosmic fantasies in acrylic colour on canvas. These 2001 period pictures on exhibit reveal a passionate preoccupation with imagery of cosmic subjects. One sees cities, waterfalls and heavenly bodies in balanced compositions that are at the same time pregnant with gravitational tensions. His cosmic preoccupations of 2001 to 2003 and a fascination with Salvador Dali's work has developed into more surreal visions in black and white pen work as he began to adjust to the wintry confinement of university lodgings at the Docklands Campus, in London. These tiny originals on exhibit have also been reproduced at a larger scale for greater impact.

 

Kesara has travelled to the USA as a Presidential Classroom candidate in 2000, attended a Summer course in Art and Architecture at the American University of Paris (2001) and in the vacation of 2003 travelled to Goa and Rajasthan on his own. The historicity and charm of Goa in particular inspired some of the photographs by Kesara on exhibit.

Other interests: Listening to music and sampling interesting food.

Current personal philosophy! : "The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never any use to oneself"

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months"

~Oscar Wilde

"You don't have to like it; you just have to do it"

~US Navy SEAL credo

 
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About P. T. Andrew de Silva (23 years)

Born in the U.K. to Sri Lankan parents, a Graduate student of Architecture from the Bartlett School at UCL, London, who is currently spending a training period in Sri Lanka with Architect/Designer Anura Ratnavibhushana, to gain experience in Architectural practice.



Here is a youth born of Sri Lankan parents who emigrated to the U.K. (in the late 80's) and who from a young age was basically educated in London and now has been draw to his native land and who devotes every moment of leisure in the pursuit of serendipity in Sri Lanka. Fascinated by the culture and the ambiance of his home country and ancestral "gama" Matara - the photographic work on exhibit will reveal his infatuation and admiration for Sri Lanka and its people, places and scenic splendour as a personal reaction and flashback to memories sublime.

Philosophically Andrew seems well adjusted to the sights, smells and tastes of Sri Lanka, "warts and all, as it were" despite his predominantly western exposure. He moves with ease in the artistic and social milieu of Colombo and his black and white photos reveal a joyous reaction to the Sri Lankan environment.


From his base in the U.K. Andrew has visited numerous European Countries experiencing the passionate and expressive cultures of the peoples of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, among others. Further a field he has also enjoyed the glitzy lifestyles of New Yorkers and its counterpart in the hustle and bustle of Bombay. In recording his experiences in travels during this period Andrew wanted to capture everything in colour, almost to a point of saturation.

In his return to Sri Lanka a realisation dawned on him to seek the essence of the place, of people or events through the photographic medium. He found soon that working in Black and White and in Light and Shade was the answer to capturing the spirit of the place and the numerous subjects.

The photographs on exhibit are all exclusively taken of experiences in Sri Lanka in 2004, and reveal his singular sensitivity to working in this refreshing medium.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, made the opening of the exhibition on January 21, 2005 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Photo: Bircan Ünver
After reviewing and right before leaving the exhibition, Sir Arthur, two young artists Kesera and Andrew came together among Bircan Ünver for above photo.
Photo: Dottie Weerasooriya



This exhibition took place:

At the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Guildfort Crescent, Colombo 7.
Opened Friday 21 January 2005 at 6 p.m. Closed Sunday 23rd January 2005 at 8 p.m.

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