AD Architectural Digest India|November 2019
Perhaps Pintelon is inspired by Rothko—some of her work pays him a kind of oblique homage, although it quickly tears off into its own original turf of witch power and personal symbology. Though you are reminded of Rothko when you look at Pintelon’s work, you come to admire that their similarities are vital but their divergences have been dazzling. Pintelon brings to her work market wit, island indolence, smart concision, deep-sea light; the tropical veins of Sri Lanka run through her canvases, imbuing resilience and doom, inexplicable delight, a broken-hearted tenderness for ideas and for a lost time. Her subjects are women, and families; they are abstractions that pay service to Sri Lanka’s narrative of loss and cunning; she is drawn to markets and to the sea, to children.
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