Signed and dated 'Senaka Senanayake 1993' (lower left)
Private collection, Germany
Artiana / Sale # 1802 / South Asian Art - Modern and Contemporary / Dubai / 6 - 10 December 2018
‘Decency and tolerance, humanity and existence, beauty and balance’ has long been at the forefront of Senaka’s works. His paintings are a reflection of the values that are rapidly disappearing as humanity turns it back on the earth that it dwells in. Despite the violence, Senaka paints the beauty of the vanishing environment, the rainforest and its vibrant colours always having in mind the Buddhist thought and the flora and fauna of his country. He paints the natural beauty of the landscape with luscious fields, plants, animals and people and portrays them in his own style therefore reflecting his concept of happiness. Senaka painted figures of men and women completely devoid of eroticism which can be rooted from his deep understanding of the resemblance that lay between the Buddhist and Hindu culture. ‘He has documented through presence of wildlife creatures along with human in what is their environment, painting their magnificence with a fervor that is fierce as the creatures themselves’.
A vital element of Senaka’s spiritual journey was the visit to Shri Satya Said Baba of Puttaparthi in India which impacted not only his spiritual life but also his artistic endeavour. His approach to painting changed drastically after meeting Baba as he started to reflect positive mood on his works through his colors. Transparent bubbles as in this work have been an identifying element in Senaka’s paintings—signifying the eternal cycle of life which 'in some sense represents the acceptance of the fact that Nirvana is beyond the reach of the majority'. (Harsha Bhatkal, Senaka, Vijitha Yapa Publications & Popular Prakashan, 2008.)