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Priyantha Udagedara Biography

Priyantha Udagedara creates works with aesthetic appeal that from a distance imply a subject and imagery of a paradisiacal nature. When viewed closely the intense and often disturbing nature of his subject transforms through collaged animal and body parts combined with splattered paint. His watercolour hybrid creature series present the same juxtaposition of beauty and agony, depicting monster and human forms with intricate detail and color in a continuation of his distinctive Paradise Lost series that contemplates the current political and social state of post-war Sri Lanka. In his latest series Garden of Earthly Delights, Udagedara works with collage and painting to create an elaborate depiction from the Herbal Garden series that confronts the growing sex industry in Sri Lanka. Presented as a mere observation the flora and fauna resemble the signage used to attract visitors to brothels disguised as Ayurvedic massage parlors. The sex industry is largely ignored by the traditional cultural government organisations that also turn a blind eye to another prevalent issue: gender-based violence. Hints of paint splattered like blood suggest turmoil beneath what is presented as a Buddhist culture, a continuation of his Paradise Lost series of work.

Priyantha Udagedara Featured Artworks

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Serendib 16 by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraSerendib 16Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 42 cm
Saskia Fernando Gallery Contact Gallery
Serendib 15 by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraSerendib 15Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 42 cm
Saskia Fernando Gallery Contact Gallery
Serendib 14 by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraSerendib 14Mixed Media on Paper
30 x 42 cm
Saskia Fernando Gallery Contact Gallery
Serendib 13 by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraSerendib 13Mixed Media on Board
82 x 113 cm
Saskia Fernando Gallery Contact Gallery
Serendib 12 by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraSerendib 12Mixed Media on Board
82 x 113 cm
Saskia Fernando Gallery Contact Gallery
Serendib 11 by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraSerendib 11Mixed Media on Board
82 x 113 cm
Saskia Fernando Gallery Contact Gallery
Serendib 10 by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraSerendib 10Mixed Media on Canvas
122 x 245 cm
Saskia Fernando Gallery Contact Gallery
Mughal Horse by Priyantha Udagedara contemporary artwork
Priyantha UdagedaraMughal Horse, 2018Mixed media on canvas
52 x 52 inches
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Priyantha Udagedara Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Priyantha Udagedara, Serendib at Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo
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9 October–6 November 2020 Priyantha Udagedara Serendib Saskia Fernando GalleryColombo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, FIVE at Baik Art, Los Angeles
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22 June–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition FIVE Baik ArtLos Angeles
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Crossing Place: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka at Baik Art, Los Angeles
Closed
20 April–1 June 2019 Group Exhibition Crossing Place: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka Baik ArtLos Angeles

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