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Aryawansa Kumarasinghe

Aryawansa Kumarasinghe
Award Winning Veteran Artist

Although his father’s wish was to educate his son to be a great practitioner in Ayurvedic medicine, life had a different plan for Aryawansa Kumarasinghe.

Aryawansa gathers inspiration from researching and exploring Sri Lankan and Buddhist history.  His artistic approach intertwines history and the present through his mesmerizing storytelling. He has developed a close kinship with the folklore of his motherland, visualizing her stories beautifully and expressively.

The world of war, life, death, victory and defeat of ancient Sri Lanka is depicted in the form of graphically striking images that allow the physicality of nature and history to reveal itself. Aryawansa turned out historical scenes such as the ‘Battle of Mulleriyawa’, the Portuguese destroying the Fort in Jaffna, and the arrival of Prince Vijaya into wonderful masterpieces.

Working with oils, watercolors, charcoal and mixed media, Aryawansa employs a rich and fresh color palate that capture the essence of rich history. A great sense of depth and nostalgia is created through his great influence by classical paintings. The paintings highlight the realities of life and are enhanced by his skill and effort at rendering lifelike figures with his sharp eye for manipulating proportion and scale.

He uses moderate color combinations and integrates line, figure, contrasting perspectives and space to position a sense of realness to the events that have taken place long ago and connotates its effect and timelessness.

Inspired by his upbringing within a village atmosphere, his paintings are deeply rooted in the simple lifestyle and culture of the village. His scribbles of these sceneries with charcoal on the walls of his home as a young boy, was the start of his artistic career.

His great talent motivated him to create artwork for Vesak Pandols at a very young age and undertake bigger projects in his adulthood, such as decorating the holiday homes and buildings of the Northern Navy Command in Sri Lanka and the living premises and camps of the Regimental Centers for infantries.

The spontaneous gestural brush-strokes and mark-making, leave an impression of expression and emotion, especially that tells a story with depth. The color schemes and texture translate content to stimulate the pride of Sri Lanka and its ancestors.

His efforts reflect Sri Lankan culture and the essential harmony within nature, humans and history. The vibrant history and culture smeared on Aryawansa’s paintings educate the future generations about the past and are true treasures that resurrects rich history of historical literature!

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  • Kaleidoscope of Color

    Kaleidoscope of Color


    At first glance, this work of art is just a burst of color. This piece of the traditional Kandyan dancer is one of vibrancy and a mixture of all the hues of red, depicting the excitement of the dancer and the atmosphere.

    Even though it seems to have been created in a frenzy the artist has not failed to express the details on the dancer, the headpiece, the costume jewelry on the body and against the white cloth have made this piece complete. With each stroke of the brush on the canvas, the dancer has been brought to life in this perfect work of art.

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  • The Road Less Travelled

    The Road Less Travelled


    Brushstrokes interchange from short and crisp to long and then endless-a tribute to the subject of the painting. The artist’s imagination creates a comfortable silence in the leafy surroundings, parted only by a lonely road.

    The painting is motionless, but the brushwork and complexity quietly re-imagines the bumps and bends in the dusty, muddy path that clearly looks as though it has been untouched for a while. Symbolically, the light reaches out from the endless, spiny pathway with a glimpse of an endless horizon and a distant speck- inviting the audience to take the mysterious route and see what they might discover along the way.

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  • Making Ends Meet

    Making Ends Meet


    The creator has captured the pains of the profession of fishermen leading us to imagine the possible time spent on stilts. The birds flocking away in the distance depict that the day is coming to an end. Soon these endless poles will be vacant only to be filled again once the sun rises the next day.

    Lighting the sky on fire with a spectrum of ambers, russets, crimson hues and pigments of rust with careful detailing done in black, the creativity behind this masterpiece has captured the solitary in stilt fishing whilst also embracing the natural overpowering surroundings of the occupation.

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  • The Tusker and the Dream

    The Tusker and the Dream


    This painting explores the artist’s fun side in a smorgasbord of color and life. Here the artist sheds typical color schemes and stereotypes. Instead of the majestic grey, his elephant is a burst a color and life, exploring another dimension to the magnificent animal. Encompassed in lively shades of purple, blue and yellow, this piece is both exotic and exciting while still capturing the essence of the elephant’s gait.

    The natural silhouette is an unassuming compliment to the unpredictable colors. The detail in its structure and shape is softened to melt in with the colors and shading of the painting, creating a kaleidoscopic illusion that imprints itself in the mind.

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  • Under the Tree of Enlight..

    Under the Tree of Enlight..


    The Creator has beautifully portrayed Lord Buddha in this portrait with shading and definition have been meticulously crafted in this masterpiece. The way the dark and light contour and highlight the features within the face makes it look true to life. Against the shaded, gray background, the tone and shading that outlines the face does not diminish. The beauty of the portrait is heightened by the gray backdrop.

    An integration of culture, philosophy, worship and art are all in this one creation. The addition of this piece into one’s collection will bring cultural diversity to any collection of artworks.

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  • Rooted Passion

    Rooted Passion


    The creator’s use of a visually rushed and dry painting style grafts natures longlines to survive. It paints a human entity for nature, so the viewer can empathize too. The flowers and leaves have lost their lushness and fresh beauty, but they have survived in which lies the beauty of endurance.

    The intertwined lovers symbolize the beauty and necessity of real connections which represents oneness and mutual trust based on the deep rooting of the lover’s relationship. The solemnity of the imagery is characterized by the use of somber tones to reflect emotion and is truly a masterpiece that interacts with the eye and overwhelms the heart.

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  • Strength of Victory

    Strength of Victory


    This amazing creation brings to life the strength and stability demonstrated by a dominant stallion bettering his counterpart, as clouds of dust are raised by the immense force created by their galloping. With the unique blend of the colours blue and brown, the creator is successful in bringing to life the vigor and vitality of this beautiful natural scene.

    This creation perfectly highlights the forward movement while carefully planned brush strokes show the illusion of the past slowly fading away, making this a wonderful statement piece which is perfect as a décor option in your home or office space.

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  • The Placid Crouch

    The Placid Crouch


    The creator has portrayed the feline of the wild in its natural disposition. Restful yet alert, the leopard is aware of every detail of its surrounding. Seamlessly blending in with its environment, in camouflage with the yellow earth, concealing its predatory nature.

    The illustration of the beast in its rosette-glory mimics the master strokes of mother nature, in soft and dark contrasts and contours. The unmistakably playful crouch indicates that opportunity is not wasted on the ill-prepared. It is as if the artist wishes to state that in wakefulness lies possibility.

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  • Dance of the Elephants

    Dance of the Elephants


    Set against a throbbing, vibrant background, the elephants raise their trunks and echo the energy of the painting. The creator’s use of unusual color combinations creates a lively, exuberant atmosphere with brushstrokes add to the pulsating rhythm and energy of this creation.

    Emerging from the hazy, party like the background, the two elephants explore the artist’s skillful brushwork. Intricate in detail with an attention to shadow and shade, the artist creates a lifelike duo against the colorful haze. Together, intricate skill literally emerges through the canvas inviting the audience into another dimension; a hidden paradise within.

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  • Predator’s Gaze

    Predator’s Gaze


    The creator has successfully captured a magnificent predator’s piercing gaze. Constricting and dilating, but its gaze never faltering. Flecks of gold and green speak volumes of intensity; a multitude of thoughts and emotions provoked within whoever locks its gaze.

    If eyes are windows to the soul, these would narrate tales of determination, a hope to conquer and the will to survive. Rousing and motivating, this creation aspires to change and inspire the viewer.

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  • The Thinker Redefined

    The Thinker Redefined


    In this piece, the creator captures a photo-realistic expression of a chimpanzee in an unfamiliar yet inviting interpretation of art. The painting’s subject seems deep in thought, an almost human-like expression in its eyes which conceal thoughts too deep and complex to truly understand.

    Bright, rich purples, blues, and greens splash all over the monkey’s silhouette while swirls of color stand out sharply against the otherwise black background- adding a modern touch to the portrait. The meeting of the wilderness and the human against a modern, cosmic background, the artist’s inner reflection is a myriad of thoughts and boundless imagination; presented in a sharp contemporary frame.

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  • Blissful Sunsets

    Blissful Sunsets


    It is a calm evening; the waves of the sea gently kiss the sand and hurry away. The trees slowly sway in the sea breeze, comforting the tired fishermen. The birds make their way home; it has been a good day. The sea is a bright red and orange, colored by the flames of the setting sun.

    The fishermen have been waiting for a few hours hoping for a good catch. The artist has captured this picturesque moment of anticipation so beautifully. This creation is portrayed using natural shades and light, and it is simply stunning! This masterpiece is one of a kind!


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  • Quenched Thirst

    Quenched Thirst


    ‘Quenched thirst’ is a unique creation taking on a modernistic approach to art, which is highly detailed in nature, and demonstrates the unmatched capability of the creator to turn simple pencil lines into a work of art. The main focus of the creation are the luscious lips of a woman and captures the moment as the figure quenches her thirst and the excess fluid drips down along her face.

    This very distinctive creation will make a perfect statement piece which is guaranteed to grab the attention of the onlooker due to its intense and artistic nature.

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  • Nutty King

    Nutty King


    Refreshing king coconut is native to the pearl of the Indian Ocean, also called Sri Lanka. Brimming with healing virtues, its’ mildly sweet water contained within the hard shell is reminiscent of a bygone era, where the kings & royalty of ancient kingdoms quenched their thirst with this refreshing beverage.

    It’s the perfect soother for a hot summer’s day, visualized aptly by the artist through the backdrop of clear blue skies.

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  • Pair of Koi Fish

    Pair of Koi Fish


    This unique creation you will see a pair of brightly colored Koi fish swimming freely in their natural setting which is featured in the foreground in a deep blue shade, and with the use of brush strokes the creator carefully mimics the ripples in the water caused by the fish swimming.

    The viewer’s attention will immediately be drawn to the two fish swimming in the midpoint of the setting due to the bright color combination which closely resembles the natural colors of Koi fish. Add this creation to any space in your home that would need some extra color and enjoy the feel-free nature this natural scenery will create.

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  • The Midas’ Work

    The Midas’ Work


    The masterful Creator has painted a rendition of the face of a statue of the Lord Buddha, glistening dull gold, in all its glory. The Creator is increasing the value and the importance of this cultural icon by ten fold, by the use and choice of this bold and distinctive color.

    This magnificent creation is a beautiful piece of cultural art that is alluring and brings peace, tranquility and grace into a living space. Adding this work of art to a collection of different works of art will enrich and diversify the collection, making it more valuable and more exquisite.

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  • Monstrous Stare

    Monstrous Stare


    Some may say the Boogeyman is merely an imaginary monster, yet it is a character that has been spoken about across cultures for many years, and now could even be considered as a dark force that is in existence right amongst us. This contemporary artistic creation is the creator’s depiction of this scary being which to-date is a spine-chilling character, even if only seen in the movies.

    Watch how the creator infuses fear in the mind of the onlooker by not only showing the terrifying gaze of the boogeyman, but also eerily etches in the crosshairs to evoke fear that you might be his next bloody target.

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  • Elephants in the Wild

    Elephants in the Wild


    This painting is a group of elephants in the rough surrounding of the wilderness. The environment is beautifully painted to represent the rough features of a forest. The creator has used dark khaki colors primarily in green shades to give the impression of a dark surrounding.

    The elephants themselves are drawn in a lot of detail. The creator has given them a lot of emotion and motion thereby making this a lively piece of art. The tree that encompasses the elephants almost gives a 3D effect to the painting as the creator has skillfully added depth to it behind the large elephant.

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  • A Tiger’s Smirk

    A Tiger’s Smirk


    In this piece, the artist captures the almost human like gaze in the expression of the tiger. Through a blend of oils, the King of the jungle glares back powerfully, silently. His strength and majesty bores through the green amber eyes that appear glassy and real through the artist’s brush.

    Skillfully shaded and highlighted, the portrait is almost photographic, down to each individual stripe and the fur that looks glossy to the touch. Blending imagination with striking reality, we see the creator’s mind reflected in the tiger’s gaze. His eyes reflect thoughts that we could never comprehend while a smile grazes his majestic face.

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  • Stallion’s Aspect

    Stallion’s Aspect


    A beautiful portrait of a gallant stallion in a brown shade. Much detail has been added to reveal the features of the animal’s head with the intent of giving character and personality to the painting. A definite stand out point is the exquisiteness of the eyes to which the creator has paid special attention.

    The creator of this art has nicely blended a brown background without losing the focus of the main character whilst maintaining an amber theme throughout the painting.

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