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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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  • Reincarnation of Venus.

    Reincarnation of Venus.


    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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  • Kaleidoscopic Waters

    Kaleidoscopic Waters


    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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  • Sublime Gaze

    Sublime Gaze


    This unique creation is both peaceful and mesmerizing as the creator details the most sublime gaze of the Lord Buddha. Due to the highly focused nature of the creation, even the finest details of the structure become noticeable with time and through the slit like openings of the divine teacher’s eyes, the onlooker will begin to feel as though the gaze is directed directly at him.

    Set against a strong black background, the face of the golden Buddha will easily stand out of any surrounding captivating the onlooker instantly with this sublime gaze.

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  • Witnessing the Sunset

    Witnessing the Sunset


    As the sun sets like a burning fireball, the tireless nature of a group of fishermen becomes more apparent from afar, creating one of the most eye-catching settings any artist would dream of immortalizing on his canvas.

    This beautiful painting colored in deep crimson hues will make a perfect statement piece guaranteed to stand out of any backdrop and also serves as a celebration of the traditional practice of stilt fishing unique to this part of the world. Feast your eyes on this mesmerizing creation as you to imagine yourself perched on a stilt watching the sunset.

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  • After the Flight

    After the Flight


    In this acrylic painting, the creator captures the falcon in mid landing. The predatory bird is captured in an unusual stance. The timing and precision of his landing are intelligently captured by the artist in the movement of wings and the angled silhouette of the bird. Its face too reflects the precision and focus as it makes a graceful landing on the bare branch.

    Using a traditional color scheme, the artist brings the bird’s landing to life with the different shades of brown and white that encompass the bird’s feathers- adding a subtle naturalness to its appearance.

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  • Prima Ballerina

    Prima Ballerina


    The fluid and captivating movements of a prima ballerina are captured in this beautiful creation which illustrates the perfection achieved through each and every moment in time, leading to the final pose. Depicted as a series of movements, the creator superimposes a range of movements, specifically focusing on the dancer’s hands, which are considered to be the most expressive channels in dance.

    This elegant creation will make a perfect statement piece for your home or office, which will infuse the same grace and sophistication demonstrated during the perfect execution of such a flawless performance.

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  • A Peaceful Flame

    A Peaceful Flame


    The creator has depicted in this piece, a religious procession that is taken place in Sri Lanka. There are three elephants all draped in red fabric, embellished with semi-precious jewels also featuring the handlers and drummers. The element of fire is prominent as the procession look to be coming out of a fiery background.

    The creator’s use of colors to depict this phoenix effect of sorts; colors such as burnt sienna, tangerine orange and even a bright lemon yellow have been so perfectly blended to form this fiery horizon.

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  • Childhood Memories

    Childhood Memories


    The creator beautifully expresses simultaneously the coldness and the playfulness of the rain. Although the rain can cause a depressing gloom, it also recalls childhood memories of jumping into puddles and dancing in the rain. This nostalgic joy of being able to relive a childhood pleasure as an adult is precious.

    The umbrellas add contrast and color in the painting and has brightened the gloom. The happiness of the couple takes flight like butterflies and adds a very dreamy, imaginative and nostalgic feeling. There is a striking imbalance between the warm against the cool tones, and this is what makes the masterpiece visually enticing.

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  • Gloomy Skies

    Gloomy Skies


    ‘Gloomy Skies’ is a landscape painting of the scene just before a shower of rain pours down from the sky. With the combination of a few primary colors the artist successfully brings to life a still moment in time before the climate transitions from a bright sunny day to a rainy evening.

    The lush greenery portrayed in the painting seems to eagerly await the refreshing shower of rain. Yet the reflection of the white clouds in the stream flowing across seems to act as a reminder of the clear weather experienced moments before. Used as décor, this painting will successfully take the observer in a calming state of contemplation.

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  • Living Waters

    Living Waters


    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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  • All We Ever Need

    All We Ever Need


    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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  • The Path to Wisdom

    The Path to Wisdom


    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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  • 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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  • A Magical Touch

    A Magical Touch


    It is hard to deny the magic behind a simple touch, and it is this power that is skillfully demonstrated by the creator in this unique work of art. The creation shows how two individuals exchange soft touches between each other’s hand, which is brought to life in a 3D like manner, and the creator also go on to use more finer detailing techniques to show the more stronger nature of the man’s hand, and the most delicate touch created by the woman’s hands.

    This creation is a perfect addition to remind yourself of the support and warmth a simple touch can bring to your life and dissipate a loving feeling to the entire surrounding.

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  • The Great Philosopher

    The Great Philosopher


    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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  • 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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  • Perpetual Grace

    Perpetual Grace


    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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  • Abstract Steed

    Abstract Steed


    This creation is a perfect example of blending representations of nature’s finest creations with modern artistic styles and has been illustrated by the creator using a striking combination of brown and blue with strategically placed hints of white.

    As a strong wild horse would move gracefully in its natural surroundings, the creator allows the aggregate of brush strokes to gradually take form into the shape of the animal. Add this wonderful and rare creation to any space such as your living room, bedroom or office space and enjoy the dynamic nature it creates against any backdrop.

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  • An Urban Jungle

    An Urban Jungle


    Melting into a galaxy of color, the gorilla is almost hidden while appearing in the spotlight in this painting. The artist has used vibrant pigments to create an atmosphere of urban funk in contrast to the lifelike portrait of the jungle primate and his unreadable expression.

    Clear lines and attention to shading make the gorilla stand out through the canvas, in this almost 3D interpretation. Its powerful gaze magnified by the strong, edgy palette and nuanced light and shade in the painting. The energy of the painting is reflected in a hidden smile- mysterious, powerful and playful.

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