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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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  • All We Ever Need

    All We Ever Need

    $675$1,050

    Life is a tough and challenging road to travel alone. Changes are imminent and when they get me down, you promise me comfort and a refuge from the storm. As long as we have each other and take solace in each other’s embrace, we have all we need and can find shelter from any tempest.

    Creator of this artwork has masterly expressed the closeness brought through facing and overcoming adversities together. It also provokes sentiments of mutual interdependence and trust, while cleverly capturing the turmoil by the use of dark and provoking hues which definitely making this a creation of interest.

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  • Kaleidoscope of Color

    Kaleidoscope of Color

    $350$1,825

    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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  • Tusker in Blue

    Tusker in Blue

    $275$950

    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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  • The Thinker Redefined

    The Thinker Redefined

    $650$1,025

    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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  • Village Life

    Village Life

    $675$1,050

    The simplicity of village life and the magnificence of its natural surroundings, makes this painting a calming work of art.

    While resting the eyes on the minute details brought together so perfectly by the artist; the family of three takes center stage in reminiscing a bygone era. On the other hand, the artist also portrays the cascading mountain range as a symbol of timeless beauty.

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  • Mornings by the River

    Mornings by the River

    $575$2,025

    The artist uses acrylics to tell a story in this piece.  Tints of gold and blue in a sweeping movement paint an early morning sky; slowly transitioning from the dark early morning hours to the light blue-gold of the early hours of the new day.

    With the sunrise, two women from the village begin their day with their usual tasks- collecting water for their homes. As they meet near the quiet, still waters, their companionship is almost retold in this painting as they chit chat and greet each other at this daily meeting place. In the background, a tiny house reminds us of the duties and daily life waiting to spring into action with the new day.

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  • The Ultimate Predator’

    The Ultimate Predator’

    $350$1,025

    This marvelous creation depicts the stealth of one of the most feared predators in the animal kingdom and is very detailed to show the strength displayed by such an amazing creature embodying the power of survival.

    The main aspect of the creation is outlined in monochromatic shades and the creator has also used a vibrant blend of colours to create a rather lively setting. This strong creation is one of the best examples of the fear instilled by this carnivore and will be a very modernistic décor option that will liven up its surrounding area.

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  • Reincarnation of Venus.

    Reincarnation of Venus.

    $675$1,050

    The creator has crafted a woman with perfect goddess-like beauty. She truly is the reincarnation of Venus. The brilliance of her smooth and healthy skin is made tactile through the softly blended brush strokes. The woman lightly draped in white linen, symbolizes the vulnerability she is exposed to as ‘a woman’.

    The bright hues of crimson and orange saturate and paint an erotic fantasy through the pleasurable arched shoulders of the woman. The beauty of this painting lies in the experimentation of an unusual palette of colors and the exaggerated shadows and highlights that focus on the beauty of the naked female body structure.

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  • Nutty King

    Nutty King

    $775$1,150

    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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  • Kaleidoscopic Waters

    Kaleidoscopic Waters

    $550$2,175

    The creator paints an intergalactic pool of color and light in this piece as water colored koi float around the illuminating water. The artist’s careful brushstrokes stay true to the traditional colors of the carp as their yellows, red and black patched bodies shimmer in an illusion of light against the intricately painted scales and transparent fins.

    Setting a modernist, minimalist mood, the painting captures a tone of hazy imagination and a contemporary edge as the otherwise traditionally painted fish swim around in the glowing, rainbow waters in the background.

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  • Under the Tree of Enlight..

    Under the Tree of Enlight..

    $675$1,050

    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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  • The Great Philosopher

    The Great Philosopher

    $275$575

    This terracotta colored painting of the Lord Buddha is a spectacular depiction of this iconic symbol of Buddhism. The terracotta shade that the Creator has used on the statue head brings prominence to the earth element that is heavily present in this creation. The gray background could represent either the element of wind or Aether.

    A bold piece such as this adds class, elegance and tranquility to any living space. A refined, quiet grace exudes from the creation. The Creator has very unique, artistic eye.

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  • Splendor of the Ages

    Splendor of the Ages

    $475$1,925

    The drummers clad in bright red cloth walk in pride, the dancers adorned in their costumes dance flamboyantly around the majestic elephants. The tusker dressed in beautiful garments carries the casket of the tooth relic, he is escorted by two other equally elegant Tuskers.

    The atmosphere is filled with the powerful noise of the drums as they make their way through the crowds that gather alongside the streets, the Tuskers take a few steps according to the beat. It is a celebration of splendor. The creator has brought forth this masterpiece filled with brilliant red and orange hues, bound to capture the attention of anyone.

     

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  • Tusker in Blue

    Tusker in Blue

    $525$1,025

    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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  • Glorious Evenings

    Glorious Evenings

    $350$1,825

    The day is coming to an end. The sun sets into the sea in all its glory, reminding us of its wonder and the water glistens with pride colored by the rays of the sun! The eloquent brushstrokes of the sunset create a swirl effect on the canvas, almost as if we are witnessing a moment not to be missed.

    The fishermen are taught, patiently sitting on the stilts waiting for their catch. They are too immersed to pause for a minute and be in awe of this beautiful creation of nature. This piece of art is enough to brighten up any living space!

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  • The Path to Wisdom

    The Path to Wisdom

    $675$1,050

    Present in this creation is the image of Lord Buddha and the Creator has portrayed a statue of Lord Buddha against a black background. Shades of gray, black and taupe trickle down the face of the portrait. While patches of light run down the face, highlighting it perfectly, the creation is complete with this light.

    The addition of this culturally relevant piece would add a rustic feel to the atmosphere and ambience within a living space.

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