Segarism : The artistic genres
Elija, Elija, Lama, Sabachthani 25x19 oil on canvas. Segar,
2001 This painting of the dying Christ truly belongs to the
classicism period, projecting the great ability of the
painter that rivals the painters of that era.
Segar's paintings highlight an innovative approach to colour and
composition. He developed its potent the moment he realised that's where
his notion of beauty lay. He explored ranges of responses that he was to
incorporate in the future as his brush became stronger and powerful.
But Segar never depended solely on notions. He tried to be very
practicable but slipped once in a while when theory of painting
challenged his canvas. As he progressed, the dissonant colour mix often
formed fragmented abstract figures.
That was the start for Segar who never looked back.
Segar soon evolved to encompass objects apart from human figures,
subjects familiar from history and spiritual figures such as Jesus
Christ, Buddha and Lord Ganesha.
His paintings are of flawed individuals and so much like the real
universe, they are not perfect. Splashing the canvas with seductive
colours to expose the sunsuality of women in particular, are often
I do not think his source of imagery are reproductions from books
because he uses planes of colours to offset striking elements in the
subjects he identify for painting.
The individuality is the key signature of his paintings that art
lovers have come to identify as from Segarism. He is in the process of
creating his own school of art that I am able to forecast for the
future; not classicism, impressionism, Romanitcism or any such school
from the past.
The horses – watercolour muted to 20x34. Segar in 1994.
I also see his attempts at reinvigorating the traditional genres and
they do not necessarily belong to Sri Lankan identity but more Indianish.
Segar should try to focus on the face of Sri Lanka if he wishes to be
the formal artist in Sri Lanka to popularise Segarism. He must not put
to test his spectacular career. The intrigue and visual communication
must be Sri Lanka. Not that he does it intentionally but that is the art
Treating things differently has been my success in whatever I had
undertaken especially where aesthetics was concerned. If Segar too can
treat his subjects differently, he will emerge a very powerful artist. A
modern painter, Segar was indefatigable in his endeavours to step into a
new world of art in which he see a great future for the next generation
of painters. Even today he feels a sense of fulfilment and mental
discipline that any other profession could offer him.
The challenging conventional ideas never came between his painting as
the composition in most of his abstract figures, rose above this theory.
Segar would never allow himself to be influenced nor manifests his
inner desire if his art was to suffer its consequences. He was no poet
nor musician who had the ability to put rhythm and beauty of words found
in books or scores. As much as he tried to explain his colour theories
and abstract art, it took time and years to register its artistic minds.
Art is essentially a spiritual experience for Segar as he paints to
escape from everyday reality feeling guilty at moments when he fails to
put on canvas the natural world around him. He is profoundly drawn to
sacred images he paints his own way.
Take a look at the dying Christ on the cross done in cubic form and
titled with His last dying words.
Subtle colours ranging from muted browns into darkening blues with
His head lowered and eyes closed is amazing.
In galloping horses, he reverses the colours. The colours of the
horses are shifted to the background and the sage grey painted to make
the animals look in motion. His collection of paintings are in abundance
that I find it difficult to select a few to describe.
He uses all types of medium that vary according to his whim and fancy
such as oil on canvas, mixed media, watercolour, acrylic, charcoal and
oil on board.His early works were confined to figuratives from a world
of mythology and rituals while others were legendary. As he advanced to
date, his paintings can be divided into impressions, improvisations and
Thus, Segar became his own master.