“The medium and technology used in creating art represents the thoughts of the artist and enacts it like a dramatist”, says Anura Srinath. He is a painter, cartoonist, illustrator and comic artist. His tireless efforts have been published in newspapers and been adapted into teledramas and films too.
The artist has developed a close kinship with the subjects of his artwork and the surrounding environment. Anura says that “artists are full of love within them, and that is what makes it easier for them to capture and communicate intricate feelings and empathize with nature.”
Anura works with acrylics, pencils, watercolor and even digital software such as Photoshop. The fluidity of his line drawings and his vibrant color palette captures the essence of his world. His work transforms the standard notions of cartoonists into a uniquely expressive form, that rejuvenates the eye of the viewer with fresh color.
He firmly believes that an artist has to discipline himself to continually create content in order to succeed. Anura’s success mantra is practiced when he begins his day at 3 in the morning to train himself to draw one story for each day of the week.
This mantra is also strengthened by his love to teach and assist other artists who are interested in learning the art. Anura’s love for art began when he was a young boy. However, he was prohibited from taking up a profession as an artist by his father, as it was a profession of the meager pay in Sri Lanka in his early years. Thus, out of obedience to his father, he discontinued this profession. Unable to resist his passion for art he reincarnated as a self- learnt artist.
Anura Srinath is an explorative artist and gathers inspiration from the contaminated world and its malice. He tries to unveil through his artwork the plight of society which is conflicted due to political, economic and social factors. Age does not create a barrier between his art and its audience, as everyone can equally enjoy his work.
The rawness and exposure of the bitter truth of situations and his personal perspectives are expressed clearly through his illustrations. The illustrations for the Hatton National Bank (HNB) calendar for the past 12 years is a great example of his smart and creative artwork. Anura’s cartoonist approach intertwines realities of the world and satirical juxtapositions with a range of colors that differ from other artists. The color palate does not create too much of a contrast and is not gaudy but creates outstanding pieces.
Anura turns to phenomena that can be proved scientifically and socially. He refuses to look towards mythology for inspiration as he prefers rational topics of the real world. Accuracy and realism enable Anura to plan the outcome of his artwork, therefore making him a well-organized artist who highly disagrees with abstract outcomes and creations.
The form of Anura’s subjects is organic and natural and reflects his love for humor and satire through the vibrant colors smeared on his characters and paintings. His artworks are a raw representation of his views and feelings!
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Daily Toils for Timber
Daily Toils for Timber$275 – $750
The daily toils of a carpenter surrounded by the results of his labor are skillfully illustrated by the creator. It takes many a shaving of timbers new and old to reach perfection, achieved at many compromises of the wood-crafter’s own comfort. His workmanship and pride both at stake with the slightest of distractions.
The rigid focus of the carpenter despite constant wails of machinery is almost heard as one gazes at this portrayal, as the artist has masterfully recreated a real-life scene in striking detail.
The Sacred Branch
The Sacred Branch$275 – $575
In this creation the creator symbolically uses the growth of a branch of the sacred Bo tree to show how the teachings and beliefs intertwined with the Buddhist religion also continue to grow with time. Beginning with a sturdy trunk deeply rooted in the soil, the branch begins to grow away from its comfort zone in the outer areas where there is little or no support for its growth.
But as seen in this image, although the growth of the tree may have not been determined by any outside force, with the right human intervention, the required support has been provided to ensure the sacred branch representing religious beliefs is properly supported and kept strong.
The Smirk$625 – $2,225
A curious facial expression brought to life through a clever portrayal of a young girl looking straight into the eyes of the observer. Difficult to fathom her exact emotion except that the cheeks may give away a hint of a smirk.
The creator has blended the colors perfectly to paint a lively and realistic portrait that cleverly camouflages the little girl’s emotion, thereby asking a subtle question from the observer in confirmation. The plain white background exaggerates the detail and brightness of the girls face and curious expression impeccably.
Dennis$625 – $2,225
The most mischievous of all children and quite literary a menace to his neighbors, this is obviously a portrait of the infamous Dennis The Menace. The perfect use of shading and color has brought a realistic look at this photo type painting of the popular TV and storyboard character.
The creator has applied a plain white background to bring forth the face of the boy with striking effect bursting out of the canvas. The cheeky smile and the roguish eyes are perfectly sketched using insight and skill.
Pain of Captivity
Pain of Captivity$275 – $750
Hidden behind this artistic portrayal of a scene which took place not too long ago, is the pain and anguish felt by a herd of gentle giants as they are forced into slavery by a group of affluent humans and their faithful followers.
The creator very carefully details the level of anguish this herd of wild elephants feels as they are forced to work against their will as the group of greedy humans watch over the captive ground amused by the damage they are causing to nature. This work of art is definitely thought-provoking and will serve as a great reminder for us never to revert back to such primitive behavior.
Where Seagulls Fly
Where Seagulls Fly$775 – $2,375
The Creator of this masterful piece has portrayed a famous, iconic landmark in Sri Lanka. The lighthouse that the Creator has depicted is inside the infamous “Galle Fort”. A truly exquisite recreation of this important landmark. It is as though the actual site had been laid out on the Creator’s canvas.
Even from afar this creation stands out. It is a radiant eye catcher. It brings out a sense of warmth and lightness in the atmosphere surrounding it, all the while bringing in a pop of color and brightness to a living space.
An Eye for Detail
An Eye for Detail$575 – $2,100
If you are an admirer of traditional handcraft industries, then this work of art will be a perfect addition for your collection as it captures the level of commitment and eye for detail which is required to come up with a beautiful work of art.
As seen in this creation, the artist focuses on the high level of concentration seen on the face of the workman as he wields the raw block of wood through a wood carving machine to yield the final product. Put yourself in the midst of this workstation as you imagine watching how this talented artist expresses his unmatched workmanship to create a fine work of art.
First of its Kind
First of its Kind$275 – $575
A grand monument and a beacon of culture and heritage, the “Thuparamaya”, a Buddhist temple, located in the historic and ancient city of Anuradhapura, in the Island nation of Sri Lanka. Located in the heart of the Indian ocean, Sri Lanka has many Buddhist temples.
The temple that is portrayed in this creation is known as one of the first dome shaped Buddhist temples, ever to be built in Sri Lanka and was built in order to enshrine the right collarbone of Lord Buddha. Cultural art at its finest. The Creator of this exceptionally exquisite piece deserves to be commended.
Fine Glance$275 – $475
What we have here, in this creation, a very well executed portrait and sports illustration of a cricketer, artistically and masterfully constructed by the talented Creator. Very well thought out portrayed on the Creator’s canvas. The illustration is lifelike, and the abstract background gives the player, centered in this work of art, a more exciting and intriguing look and effect.
The creation is very colorful and draws a lot of attention to itself. Sports illustrations require so much detailing, as a result of creating movement and emotion in the images, and the masterful Creator has captured this effect, on canvas, perfectly.
Cross of Faith
Cross of Faith$800 – $2,300
Faith bears a strong power which often cannot be explained but can be felt and experienced in massive proportions, and through this creation, the artist brings to life the power of faith symbolized by a wooden cross.
Although humble it may seem the massive crowds of devotees depicted in this scene show the degree of power this modest symbol of faith possesses. As a creation which tells the story of a biblical tale, you too will be able to remind yourself of the mighty power faith can bring as long as you continue to believe.
Setting Sun of Tranquilit..
Setting Sun of Tranquilit..$575 – $2,100
The artist brings to life the tranquility offered by the golden setting sun, against the ripples of the tranquil lake. An iconic Sri Lankan scene, it is an augmented visual delight in portraying the glistening body of water and the soft foliage of an ageing tree.
The pagoda illustrated through shadows amongst the thick forestry adds undertones of serenity. A play between light and dark, this creation is brought to life with the use of only a few colors, a testament to the creator’s versatility.
Connect Earth and Heaven
Connect Earth and Heaven$575 – $2,100
This creation is a beautiful representation of ancient man-made wonders, the creator artistically portrays a massive Dagoba stands tall in the midst of its surroundings. Although a realistic representation of a natural landscape, the view through which the artist has chosen to display this moment brings to life a deeper meaning, which shows how the teachings drawn from this sacred monument act as a bridge between life on earth and the divine powers hidden in the heavens above.
As you make this beautiful creation part of your living space, you will be invited to go into a state of deep meditation on the hidden powers this wonder holds.
World… United$275 – $575
We are shown in this creation that it does not matter what cast, creed, ethnic background and religion you come from, we all share this world and we deserve to live together in unity, without discrimination. We can all be together and interact with each other as one.
Portrayed in this creation are children of different ethnicities. One theme clearly portrayed and very evident in the piece. The moral of this piece lies in the simple fact that each of us were born in the same way, we were all once infants who grew to be children of the world and now adults. We all share the same stages in life, from birth to old age. How can we be different when we share so much, already?
Lonely Structures$200 – $750
The artist recreates his take on the lonesome surviving structures withstanding the tests of time. In the days of the royal capital, this ancient structure enshrined the relics of the olden times. Built with royal patronage it was the architect’s prime obligation to house the most venerated relics by order of the supreme ruler.
The brick and wood are now long gone while the stone columns remain. An impervious argument that no structure or design can surpass the might of time.
Night of Prayer and Penan..
Night of Prayer and Penan..$275 – $750
Devotees gather at the holy threshold for the eve of prayer and penance. Some stooping before the divine power, others seeking blessings and solace. In a world of chaos, to recover and respite from one’s troubles is not an easy deed. Yet this humble abode of the divine, illuminated by hope and veneration unites the troubled in one purposeful worship.
The creator captures the inherent human nature in a compelling and subtle manner with this creation. A magnificent addition to your collection, which will no doubt, lighten your worldly burdens.
Satisfaction$275 – $350
The face of satisfaction displayed on canvas portrayed by this painting of a young boy with a mischievous smirk across his face. This classic sketch is brought through with exquisite skill in capturing the emotion as though it were a photograph and transferring that same emotion from the picture to the onlooker’s heart.
The creator has used soft hues to paint this masterpiece, whilst applying a plain white background giving focus to the countenance of the boy.