SHIVA NATARAJAH | JAGATH WEERASINGHE
04.09

An artist and an academic, Weerasinghe is often conflicted by his drive to be both. He received his MFA from the American University in Washington DC, USA, he heads the renowned artists collective, Theertha and lectures at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology and the University of Kelaniya. His paintings belong to the permanent collections of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, The Devi Art Foundation, India and the Museum of Ethnology in Vienna, Austria. This, however, is not the ultimate for Jagath. He continues to work on new projects, finding new pursuits of interest and shows immense support and passion in developing the emerging artists and galleries now beginning to pop up throughout Colombo.

Shiva Nataraja stands upon a dwarf, and this is symbolic of the crushing of the human ego. It is clearly a spiritual theme amongst the abundance of politically expressive canvases. There is a twist behind the concept, naturally. Peace through violence, the act of a god using violence to induce experience of the divine. It seems inevitable that the artist cum academic connect the spiritual with the political.


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