Jagath Weerasinghe Artworks

Jagath Weerasinghe's practice is socially-involved and reflects on the genocide and political violence Sri Lanka has endured since the 1980s.

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Yantra Gala and the Round Pilgrimage (1999)

Yantra Gala and the Round Pilgrimage (1999) is an installation Weerasinghe made as a memorial for the parents whose children were murdered between 1989 and 1990 at torture camps in Embilipitiya.

The work comprises eight oil paintings on canvas with collage, elements of a wooden altar, resin, clay, gold leaf, wheat and earth. At the centre of the installation, Weerasinghe displays an empty mould of a Buddha, representative of the lost Buddhist Dharma—the cosmic law and teachings taught in Buddhism. Small labels with names of torture camps and names of sacred places in Sri Lanka are spread among stone rice and small clay flowers and birds.

The installation paintings depict women in saris beside empty speech balloons, symbolic of their unheard voices amid Sri Lanka's violent turmoil. The paintings feature maps of the country, suggestive of the search of the mothers for their lost children.

Dances of Shiva Paintings (2016-Present)

Weerasinghe's paintings take inspiration from the dances of the Hindu God Shiva. Weerasinghe's thick use of acrylic paint and expressive brush strokes capture the movement of Shiva as he quells toxic and hostile worldviews. Expressive drips of vibrant red, yellow and black paint smother the canvas, abstracting the figure of a beloved national symbol.

By capturing the intense narrative of Shiva destroying a world to create a world, Weerasinghe examines the push and pull between Sri Lanka's religious violence and the limitations of institutionalised devotion.

Public Commissions

Shrine of the Innocents (1999)

In 1999, Weerasinghe was commissioned by the Sri Lankan government to design a monument titled Shrine of the Innocents (1999). Weerasinghe's sculpture represents a memorial for the innocent victims of violence across southern Sri Lanka in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Broken Stupa by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, mixed media
Jagath Weerasinghe Broken Stupa, 1993 Mixed media on paper
54 x 39 cm
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A man by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Jagath Weerasinghe A man, 1993 Mixed media on paper
77 x 56 cm
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Ruined Stupa by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jagath Weerasinghe Ruined Stupa, 1989 Charcoal on paper
91.5 x 76.5 cm
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Ruined Landscape with a Stupa by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jagath Weerasinghe Ruined Landscape with a Stupa, 1989 Charcoal on paper
76.5 x 91.5 cm
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Untitled by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled, 1991 Watercolour on paper
76 x 57 cm
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Long Necked Man by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jagath Weerasinghe Long Necked Man, 1989 Charcoal on paper
76.5 x 91.5 cm
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Thousand Shivas by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Jagath Weerasinghe Thousand Shivas, 2020 Hand-painted Book
29 x 23 cm
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The Backpack by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork sculpture
Jagath Weerasinghe The Backpack, 2019 Mixed media
43 x 29 x 26 cm
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Untitled VIII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled VIII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
61 x 91 cm
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Backpack 6 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Backpack 6, 2019 Mixed media on paper
45 x 32 cm
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Untitled VI by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled VI, 2019 Mixed media on paper
61 x 91 cm
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Untitled I by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled I, 2019 Mixed media on paper
88 x 48 cm
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Untitled III by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled III, 2019 Mixed media on paper
61 x 91 cm
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Untitled IV by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled IV, 2019 Mixed media on paper
61 x 91 cm
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Untitled VII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled VII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
61 x 91 cm
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Backpack 5 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Backpack 5, 2019 Mixed media on paper
50 x 36 cm
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Backpack 4 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Backpack 4, 2019 Mixed media on paper
50 x 36 cm
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Backpack 3 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Backpack 3, 2019 Mixed media on paper
45 x 32 cm
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Backpack 2 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Backpack 2, 2019 Mixed media on paper
45 x 32 cm
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Backpack 1 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Backpack 1, 2019 Mixed media on paper
45 x 32 cm
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Untitled XXVI by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXVI, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XXVIII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXVIII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XVII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XVII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
45 x 32 cm
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Untitled XXIV by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXIV, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Backpack 7 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Backpack 7, 2019 Mixed media on paper
45 x 32 cm
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Untitled XXII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XXIII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXIII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XXI by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXI, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XVIII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XVIII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XIX by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XIX, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XXIX by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXIX, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XXV by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXV, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled XXVII by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled XXVII, 2019 Mixed media on paper
16 x 22 cm
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Untitled I by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled I, 2016 Acrylic on paper
168 x 151 cm
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Untitled II by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting
Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled II, 2016 Acrylic on canvas
153 x 144 cm
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Shiva III by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork works on paper
Jagath Weerasinghe Shiva III, 2009 Acrylic on paper
64 x 51 cm
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Theertha Yathra 1.2 by Jagath Weerasinghe contemporary artwork painting
Jagath Weerasinghe Theertha Yathra 1.2, 2016 Acrylic on canvas
175 x 130 cm
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