Exhibition- “Padmapâni” by Wasantha Kumara

“THE PAINTINGS OF PADMAPANI REPRESENT A PERSON WHO BRINGS PEACE TO THE WORLD.”

Alliance française de Kandy is presenting “Padmapâni” an exhibition of paintings by Wasantha Kumara. This exhibition will be declared open on 20th January at 6.30 pm and will continue till 27th January from 9 am to 6 pm.

AFK - When did you think of becoming an artist?

WK - I started drawing from childhood with my own thoughts and feelings and after seeing the paintings of George Keyt. I liked him though I did not know anything about him. He was my favorite artist. I learnt about him only after I was grown up. Now I like Cezanne, Gauguin and Picasso. I have seen their paintings from books in the libraries. I studied art at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Mr. Chandraguptha Thenuwara, and meanwhile Sociology for my special degree at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

AFK - After 20 exhibitions in Colombo, you are holding your first exhibition in Kandy. What is the meaning of « Padmapâni »?

WK - The caves of Ajanta in India are the place where was discovered the image pf « Padmapâni ». The large circular lotus flower (padma) in the hands of this deity identifies him as Padmapâni, ’the lotus carrier’. Padmapâni appears as a representation of the Bodhisattva who will become enlighten in the future. The paintings of Padmapâni represent a person who brings peace to the world. The lotus in his hands symbolizes moral values that he offers to the world. Padmapâni is admired mostly because of his purity...
AFK - Your paintings, a profession or a hobby?

WK - It is my life.

AFK - What is your goal?

WK - I want freedom.

Online 23/01/2006

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