It is the lot of some talented people to explore and develop their latent talents rather late in life. Yaswant Amaratunga, a retired civil engineer decided to follow some courses on sculpture and painting to pass his time after retirement and discovered, to his delight, a natural flair for the subject.
Apparently, he has always had an eye for art and artistic objects but had never dared to hope that he himself could coordinate what his eyes saw or his mind conjured with his hands to actually produce objects of artistic beauty.
Now however, after more than three years of dabbling in the field and having produced a number of paintings, sculptures, glass carvings and etchings he has decided to hold an exhibition of his work and share his newfound joy and talent.
His artistic guru is the famous artist and sculptor Sarath Chandrajiva. Yaswant who first started following classes under him three years ago still finds himself going to those classes because he enjoys them so much.
“I have been told that my work reflects my civil engineering and mathematical thinking background,” says Yaswant who explains that a doctor drawing the same subject, in this case an elephant with his mahout might have brought something different into it. His vibrant paintings and sleek carvings adorn his residence, thus far accessible only to a select few. Now art lovers can enjoy his work when he holds his first exhibition at the Lionel Wendt on June 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m.