The familiar is made new again.
Artist Mohan Tenuwara’s Recent Works at Fleet Galleries opened November 5. Tenuwara’s paintings take us on a tour of Manitoba – from field and stream to inner city Winnipeg. From Flin Flon and Pinawa, to Armstrong’s Point in the core of the provincial capital.
Tenuwara’s work has a posterized quality that lends impact.
And he does not shy away from Manitoba’s occasional bleakness. A glance at his back catalogue yields hydro towers in raw subdivisions as well as countryside scenes.
“I see my role as part of a storytelling tradition,” he says. “I supply a setting, sometimes add characters, and hope viewers will use their own experiences to build the story.”
Tenuwara practices as an architect in Winnipeg but has been painting for many years. In 2014, he had a large scale exhibition, Sacrosanct Ordinary, at Cr8ery.
Recent Works will be on display at Fleet until Nov. 20.
A native of Sri Lanka, Tenuwara moved to Canada in 2005 and lives in Winnipeg with his wife and two sons.
He also finds the time to play fiddle with the Flying Haggis Show Band, which primarily performs at the Scottish pavilion during Folklorama.
His website is at www.my3faces.ca
Fleet Galleries rolls out a new show approximately every two weeks.
It has diverse fare with offerings in the past year ranging from Sue Gordon’s ethereal encaustics to Mary Lowe’s unforgettable show that filled the gallery almost entirely with paintings and sculptures of cattle.
Visit them in person at 65 Albert St., or on line at www.Fleetgalleries.com .