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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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  • A Pilgrim’s Quest

    A Pilgrim’s Quest

    $675$800

    A portrait of a statue of the Lord Buddha where the Creator has interestingly drenched the face in a sapphire blue shade. The creation is bathed in this blue tone and the cracks on stone face can be seen very clearly. This tells us that the statue has stood the test of time.

    Just as the nature, of what is portrayed in the creation, is timeless and will still be culturally relevant in the future, the same can be said of the creation itself. A beautiful, ethnic work of art that would only strengthen and diversify any collection of art that it is added to.

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  • Perpetual Grace

    Perpetual Grace

    $700$825

    She… a beautiful young lady just had her heart broken. Takes a moment to breathe and fathom what just happened. This was not how it was supposed to end. She was dressed so elegantly, the colors bright and joyous, her hair adorned with beautiful flowers. The background which has captured the bright hues of her dress like a mirror reflect the joy she carried.

    The artist tells a story through his creation. One which was filled with anticipation but ended in tears. The features on her face are brush worked so intricately to express her emotions, every detail captured so well. The artist has created a magical portrait of the beauty of youth.

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  • Finding Harmony Within

    Finding Harmony Within

    $1,125$1,350

    Perched atop their cane poles, five fishermen bask in the camaraderie, their heads bent, and eyes glued to the frolicking waves that tickle their feet. The sun remains, languidly falling almost sympathizing with their sorrow offering the comfort of its remaining beams of the day.

    The creation has illustrated the beauty of Sri Lankan heritage from its lean coconut trees to the steady untouchable waves. A common traditional occupation among many on the coast, the painter has illustrated the casual ease of the stilt fishermen as they find the perfect balance.

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  • Where the Temple Trees Li..

    Where the Temple Trees Li..

    $825$975

    The creator has masterfully crafted this portrait of Lord Buddha in a beautiful rendition in the portrayal of this religious figure. He has managed to capture the face on almost the whole of the canvas, leaving just a small portion of the canvas in the background.

    The intricacies are so beautifully serene and alluring, it is as though the creator has literally sculpted the image out of stone and polished, brushed and buffed it down to give the appearance of its smooth, reflective, opaque texture.

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  • Predator’s Gaze

    Predator’s Gaze

    $875$1,025

    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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  • Tusker in Blue

    Tusker in Blue

    $275$875

    In this piece, the creator does not stray from the traditional shape and structure as seen in the detailed side profile of the tusker. Incorporated within the silhouette are abstract and well-defined lines with subtly shaded and nuanced dimensions- adding a depth to the otherwise straightforward drawing.

    Forgoing traditional grey, cool blues and green encompass the pachyderm’s portrait, giving it a contemporary feel with a touch of vibrant modernism. The background- bare except for the occasional splash of color stays true to the minimalist approach of the artist who has used minimal color to capture a unique take on the texture of the elephant- as the lines and wrinkles continue eternally on his blue toned skin.

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  • Living Waters

    Living Waters

    $275$875

    Two young Buddhists monks seated up some rocks near a river where they are busy washing their robes. The Creator has expertly portrayed the young monks, attending to their daily chores, draped in their religious robes of bright tangerine, holding the pots used to wash their robes.

    In the background, a bluish-gray sky and the silhouette of a mountain top peeping up from behind. A serene, scenic moment captured by the Creator in this lovely work of art. The stillness in this image is quiet and calming.

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  • Kaleidoscope of Color

    Kaleidoscope of Color

    $750$900

    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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  • Lantern Skies

    Lantern Skies

    $775$925

    The creator magnificently portrayed the seated, Lord Buddha overlooks a river on which the glow of the rising sun reflects across. In this brilliant creation Lord Buddha is turned toward the rising sun and the Tuscan yellow engulfs the image in its earthly light.

    He is seen holding an oil lamp which he will place on the water and let it set sail across the river, burning bright in the light of the rising sun. The geometrical shapes and patterns that the light makes looks prismatic, as if diamonds were used to frame the image that also frames it.

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  • Crimson Beauty

    Crimson Beauty

    $825$975

    The creator’s unrestrained use of colors explodes across the canvas in this visual masterpiece. Staring into the eyes of her audience the subject is as riveting as she is vibrant. Quick, multiple strokes frame her hair and figure adding a fiery touch to her otherwise cool and calm personality. This kaleidoscopic Mona Lisa is quietly defiant. Her unapologetic gaze softened only by the almost smile of her richly hued pout.

    Lonely yet vibrant, she fills the canvas and the room with a strength and joy that is sophisticated, playful and her own shade of femininity. All around the color reverberates against an equally textured monochrome background that places her in the spotlight.

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  • A Leap of Faith

    A Leap of Faith

    $675$800

    Leaping forward into the unknown is a move which requires the highest level of courage, and it is this fearless spirit the creator successfully brings to life through this creation. At a glance, this creation may seem like a casual arrangement of brush strokes, but as the viewer continues to ponder on its deeper meaning, each line of every brush stroke takes form into a figure leaping forward with arms extended above the head, glaring straight ahead instead of at the unknown which lies below.

    With its simplicity and ability to stand out, this transfiguring creation will make a perfect addition to your home or office space.

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  • Before the Axe Strikes

    Before the Axe Strikes

    $900$1,050

    The creator paints a human entity in nature, so that we as humans can empathize too. The symbolism and imagery of the painting are beautifully powerful. It stands up for the right nature has over its survival.

    The relationship of a mother and a child is a metaphor of great impact. The young branch clings on to the mother in desperation and the fear of separation. Their broken hearts will decay their bodies with time. Thus, until the axe mercilessly separates them, they cling on to each other with the hope of a longer life. This masterpiece reflects emotion that overwhelms the heart.

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  • Rooted Passion

    Rooted Passion

    $750$875

    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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  • Seductive Innocence

    Seductive Innocence

    $875$1,025

    This creation explores the powerful allure given forth by a beautiful young woman to a suitor who approaches her and in this manner the creator brings to life one of the most magnetic oil painting creations for the viewer’s pleasure. Using a soft blend of warm color tones and delicate brush strokes, the creator highlights the innocence of this young woman that ultimately gives rise to her seductive charm which is both sexy and inviting.

    This creation will make a perfect statement piece for any living space that will instantly be brightened up by the beauty of this mesmerizing damsel.

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  • Colors of a mother’s lo..

    Colors of a mother’s lo..

    $800$950

    This beautiful creation painted with a combination of colours depicts a mother elephant with her calf which represents the purity, warmth and strength of a mother’s love. The creator is successful in bringing out the might and majesty of these beautiful creatures while showing the innocence of a newborn just entering the world.

    The creator uses a pale background to bring out the main aspect of this delicate creation. It would make a perfect statement piece which will bring to life the Colours of a Mother’s Love – a universal power understood and valued by all.

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  • Pure Light that Shines Br..

    Pure Light that Shines Br..

    $875$1,025

    Bathed in the hues of a bright ethereal glow emitted by the sacred tooth relic which safely rides on a majestic beast. Dancers too seem to halt their movements gazing in wonderment. This procession has a boastful aura only exemplified by the rich use of color.

    The righteous one leads with his piercing eyes taking in every detail. The outer borders of the painting succumb to a darker one that, however cannot seem to touch the ethereal glow of the sacred tooth relic that lights the way of the procession casting its glow only on those in its vicinity.

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  • Overwhelming Adoration

    Overwhelming Adoration

    $825$975

    Creator’s reflection of two lovers sharing a stroll in the rain is truly a masterpiece with strokes of crimson visually crafting passion and warmth intertwining with pure romance on the canvas. A striking balance of warm and cool tones gently enables the viewer to grasp its content and the use of a fluid texture resembles a carefree attitude, with an unusual yet astounding edginess. Loose fogginess blots out the surroundings focusing on the romance radiating from the couple’s demeanor.

    Infatuated young couple is graced by a shower heightening the romantic aspect, while time seems to have slowed down, letting them enjoy this moment together. While acrylic shades encapsulate the beauty of their connection, it also enables the viewer to connect with details of this creation.

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  • Predator’s Gaze

    Predator’s Gaze

    $500$650

    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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  • Strength to Face the Stor..

    Strength to Face the Stor..

    $875$1,025

    Whether you are a lover of iconic landmarks or seek to find deep meaning through art, this amazing creation titled ‘let’s face the storm together’ is guaranteed to fulfill your need for a beautiful work of art. Set on a rainy day, the creation depicts a couple walks through a pouring shower of rain shielded by a single umbrella that makes them get closer together, and as they walk forward they get a perfect view of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge standing tall through it all.

    This unique creation representing the power of walking together with a loved one, and the power and might of a structure that has stood the test of time, represents the meaning of strength at many different levels.

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  • Stallion’s Aspect

    Stallion’s Aspect

    $800$950

    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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