Mehan Fernando – Transition States

“And the Waves they talk” Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm

“Three bell toll announces death” Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm

“The little one will not die” Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm

Tsar Nicholas, Stalin, Trotsky and Lenin, pencil on wood 9 x 9 cm each

Palimpsest:

‘My work focuses on personal attachment – life and the afterlife. A spiritual entity that lurks beneath the surface, reflecting history and bloodshed’.

Metamorphosis – the exploration of the unviability of semi-transitioned states

My current practice explores painting and drawing that is fed through my interests of history, nature, horror and fantasy. I also incorporate my young experiences of war and woe from the Sri Lankan Civil War and the violence experienced of when I was a Police Officer. My work is often in stark contrast, with a distinct methodology and context. The work is established through the combination of a miniature painting process and the intimacy of the Northern Gothic tradition, with iconography that is sometimes violent or disturbing. I am particularly interested in how material, scale and image can function as complementary elements, revealing the beautifully and sometimes disturbing creations in which propels curiosity and narrative.