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Dilrukshi Chandrika

Dilrukshi Chandrika
Contemporary Artist

Selling her paintings on the streets or from her humble home, stands a gifted and talented artist. In order to develop her talents Dilrukshi Chandrika has molded canvases into beautiful artwork with a great deal of effort, sacrifice and patience.

As a child Dilrukshi had always been interested and inquisitive in the field of art. Unlike the young village children who often built sand castles from the sand in their home gardens, Dilrukshi transcribed her imagination through the sand on her drawings. Little did she know that although the sand castles may collapse, her paintings would still build up a career for her. At a later age Dilrukshi then began to draw on paper and then on canvas.

She comes from a family with an artistic background, thus, was supported throughout her artistic career to only become more successful day by day. Inspired by her upbringing within nature, Dilrukshi’s paintings are deeply rooted in the simple complexities of nature. She gathers inspiration from her exposure to the plant and animal kingdoms.

Exploring and growing up with an exposure to the natural world, her artistic style blossoms with such intricate detail as she paints with a deep familiarity and personal attachment with nature itself. Her artistic approach intertwines nature with the distance that has been created in the modern world through mesmerizing phenomena that are visualized beautifully and expressively.

The beauty of nature forms itself into graphically striking images that allow the physicality of nature to reveal itself. Dilrukshi turns natural phenomena of butterflies sucking nectar from the flowers or the blossoming of flowers into wonderful masterpieces that rejuvenates the viewer’s eye. The magic in her paintbrushes makes the viewer fall deeply in love with nature just as she did, creating a great appreciation towards it.

Painting on canvases, wood and paper Dilrukshi employs a rich and fresh color palate that encapsulates the essence of nature. A great sense of depth and nostalgia is created through her paintings while they are enhanced and made realistic with her skill at rendering lifelike figures with a sharp eye for manipulating proportion and scale.

As a self- learnt artist Dilrukshi has been greatly inspired by classical art. Her love for playing with light and shadow developed from her artist transcriptions of Da Vinci paintings, where she tried to understand the principles of light and shadow to paint realistic artwork.

Dilrukshi although a great portrait artist, chose to paint nature and wildlife because she felt as if though she could convey a deeper message through those paintings. She feels as if though they tell a story with depth that stimulates the pride of mother nature. Her paintings connotates the effect and timelessness of nature.

The vibrancy of nature smeared on Dilrukshi Chandrika’s paintings resurrects the lost beauty often unnoticed within nature. Her effort to create an emotional impact with her paintings connects the natural world with the distanced modern world.

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  • The Prey

    The Prey


    A white throated kingfisher is seen perched on a tree with a freshly caught fish in its beak! There are drops of water in the atmosphere, the tiny fish are still alive, flipping its body trying to escape its capture! The kingfisher is beautiful and poised unmoved by the struggle in front of her eyes, only her feathers are ruffled.

    Clad in shades of blue and auburn, she looks almost real. With the blue sky in the background and the tree leaves, green, turning her head towards the creator, she poses for a brief second, before she devours her catch! A stunning piece of work which needs to be admired.

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  • Maiden Among Flowers

    Maiden Among Flowers


    A beautiful maiden immerses herself in the beauty of nature as she takes in the fresh fragrance of white water lilies floating in a still peaceful lake. This exquisite painting has captured the freshness of the flowers and the emotion of the girl to perfection on canvas.

    The skill of the creator in the choosing color and mixing hues to bring out an ambience of peace and freshness is amazing. A feature of this work of art is the positioning of the girl to the left of the canvas, giving focus to the foliage and water bringing all aspects of the painting into the foreground.

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  • Pretty Petunias

    Pretty Petunias


    A butterfly adorned in tones of magenta and yellow with marking on its fore wings slowly flies onto a Petunia. She is the same shade of the flower beautifully turning towards the sun. The butterfly will grab a quick drink and fly off on to the next flower, taking only its heavenly scent and taste.

    Their life is simple and stress free. Mother nature will always prepare their next meal and all they have to do is enjoy what is given. This creation is beautiful and competently hand worked on to a canvas. It is a bliss to enjoy the simple treasures.

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  • We are One

    We are One


    Portrayed, here, in this exquisite creation, a family of leopards and an intruder, the snake, who is trespassing on the leopards family time. The leopard cubs playfully interact with each other near one parent, while the eyes of both parents have been diverted to the snake that may or may not threaten the lives of their children.

    What is truly portrayed in this ingenious creation, is the fact that these two species are able to co-exist with one another in their natural habitat, that they each share. It is also evident to the viewer that there is love overflowing from within this creation. The love and protection from the parents, the love, joy and security.

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  • Posing as a Leaf

    Posing as a Leaf


    This stunning butterfly is commonly known as the Ceylon blue oak leaf. With wings closed, this pretty creature resembles a dry leaf which also acts as a perfect camouflage. The blue oak leaf is found in the forest and wetlands. She hides her beauty with closed wings and invites the spectator to a world of color and pattern as she slowly expands her wings.

    The creator has portrayed some of her stunning hues of blue in combination with a hint of chestnut. As she gently placed herself among the lilac flowers, one can only be amazed at this beautiful endangered species of Sri Lanka.

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  • Grandeur of the Wild

    Grandeur of the Wild


    A Leopard is portrayed in a jungle setting, large trees, bushes and tangles all around, a large rock in the background. He lurks patiently watching and waiting, observing every move of his prey who innocently goes about its day, gathering food, unknowing that at any moment the Leopard can charge and devour.

    In color this illustration would have given light to the bright green leaves, the large trees and rocks. But in black and white, the creator has given prominence to this majestic beast who is required no color to show his dominance. A beautiful creation showing the spectator the amazing grandeur of nature.

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  • Raising the Young

    Raising the Young


    A young mother returns home with a delicacy in her mouth! Commonly known as the black hooded Oriole, this pretty bird is noticeable at a distance due to its colors. She adorns a bright shade of yellow and black with intricate markings. She watches for a moment before feeding her very hungry young ones who are chirping away at the sight of food.

    A few temple tree leaves provide shade for her home cozily made for her babies. The colors are brilliantly bright, and the artist has created a wonderful space to witness this juncture of life and captured it so intimately.

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  • Flaming Feathers

    Flaming Feathers


    Beautiful pink flamingoes are seen at a lake, hunting for their food. Their name is derived from Spanish meaning the color of flames. Lotus flowers are in the foreground, bloomed with pride in the same tone of pink as the flamingoes.

    The creator’s skilled handwork has brought life to the most intricate of detail from the birds to the petals on each flower. The leaves absorb the hue of pink from the sun as they make way for the lotus to rise above the water. The method of shading images and the subtle use of color has made this work of art quite eye catching.

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  • Who is Prettier?

    Who is Prettier?


    Two is always better than one. This is the message portrayed through this beautiful painting of two Hornbills perched on a branch of a tree engrossed in what appears to be a light-minded conversation which has drawn each other into a deep zone of comradery. Much thought and effort has been put into the intricate details of the painting – both animal and plant has been described to extent in brush and color.

    The creator has used realistic colors to brighten up the canvas filling it with fresh foliage against a dull background to bring forth a lush refreshing ambience through the art.

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  • A Silhouette Robed in Whi..

    A Silhouette Robed in Whi..


    A brown tipped butterfly adorns herself with two red rings, her wings flap ever so slowly as she settles herself in a flower, she is beautiful and gentle, her wings shine in the light. The creator of this work of art has watched her over time and painted every detail of her on to a canvas ever so patiently.

    Her wings are like the frills on a kite, moving slowly, helping her glide across the forests. As easy as she is in the eyes this pretty girl has stopped to admire the beauty of Heliconias. The creator has brought forth inspiration, white can be pretty fabulous!

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  • A Robed Beauty

    A Robed Beauty


    A migratory bird sits in her nest patiently protecting her young. Clothed in a flawless tone of orange this beautiful bird is famously known as the ‘Siuru Hora’ or the Indian Flycatcher. They fly thousands of miles to tropical Sri Lanka to escape the winter chills and find their mate.

    The creator has beautifully portrayed the little bird in snug in her nest, her bright blue eyes alert to the smallest movement, the nest carefully placed in a fork, protected from the wind, a few small branches to support. It is brilliant to witness this creation up close with every detail drawn to perfection.

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  • An Orange Camouflage

    An Orange Camouflage


    A pretty orange tipped butterfly comfortably rests on a beautiful Heliconia flower. She is carefully camouflaged among the leaves and flowers. The markings on her wings are amazing, each a perfect shade of red and orange at the tip with black spots, the spectator is left wondering how creation can be so impressive and pay attention to every detail.

    Orange tips are found flying through rain forests and it is beautiful to see them so up close and in our own neighborhood. This creation is no doubt stunning and those who can pause a minute will see her beauty.

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  • A Cleansing Ritual

    A Cleansing Ritual


    Portrayed here, in this exceptional piece, is the Creator’s visual rendition on the Lord Buddha, seated under the temple tree, fasting and focused on meditating, purifying his whole inner being. The background is magical and enchanting. All the forest type, scenic greenery depicted by the marvelous skill and brilliance of this Creator.

    A beautiful piece of cultural art and beauty it speaks of philosophy, enlightenment, peace and tranquility. This, in turn, translates to the surrounding space and ambience when this creation is added to a living area. The Creator of this brilliant piece has beautifully portrayed this icon of Buddhism and wisdom.

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  • Hues of Azure

    Hues of Azure


    A solitary butterfly rests with its wings sprawled, camouflaged among the leaves of jade and a flower, the shade of the sea, its wings an enchanting hue of blue, carefully outlined in a dark tone of brown combined with black, absorbing the bright sunlight of the morning.

    The background is blurred to softer shade of yellow and blue, blending with the prominent image in the setting. The creator has left the spectator engrossed in this work of art and It is amazing to understand the very detail, line and tone the artist has captured, creating this brilliant work of art.

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  • Pure Innocence

    Pure Innocence


    A stork billed kingfisher is perched on a branch and looks towards the sky, longingly. It’s pretty, hopeful eyes glistening in the sun, the tail raised. She is a beautiful work of art, her body cloaked in blue and shades of auburn, her beak a crimson red.

    The creator has taken in every detailed and carefully brush worked onto the canvas. The blurred out background gives prominence to the subject. For all we know, she may be longing for a dew drop that is about to fall from a leaf or a little insect flying so close. The piece is visually calming and intriguing, ideal for an open verandah.

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  • Posing as a Leaf

    Posing as a Leaf


    This stunning butterfly is commonly known as the Ceylon blue oak leaf. With wings closed, this pretty creature resembles a dry leaf which also acts as a perfect camouflage. The blue oak leaf is found in the forest and wetlands. She hides her beauty with closed wings and invites the spectator to a world of color and pattern as she slowly expands her wings.

    The creator has portrayed some of her stunning hues of blue in combination with a hint of chestnut. As she gently placed herself among the lilac flowers, one can only be amazed at this beautiful endangered species of Sri Lanka.

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  • The Red Eyed Girl

    The Red Eyed Girl


    A Magpie clothed in all shades of blue, elegantly poses for the creator. Her feathers a chestnut tone, she is truly a beautiful bird who is endemic to Sri Lanka. The intricate detail of the Creator is brilliant as the color combination and patterns seem as if hand painted on each bird.

    This beauty has a tail of blue with black and white strips and her eyes are a bright red with an ornate ring around it. She takes a break from her long journey to enjoy a delicacy. The artist perfectly portrays this feathered beauty who is one of our treasures.

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  • The Explorers

    The Explorers


    A fitting tribute to a civilization dedicated to venturing into the unknown and passionately pushing the boundaries of exploration and innovation. This exquisite portrait of a Viking ship in action on the merciless waves is sketched in detail of motion and color.

    The creator has skillfully drawn the waves hitting against the bow as the ship cuts through the waves against a backdrop of land and sea. The calm of the expanse and earth contrasted beautifully against the rough seas and brave explorers.

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  • A Battle in the Waves

    A Battle in the Waves


    An 18th century navy vessel is caught amidst rough seas and fights its way, braving the giant waves gallantly in this beautiful portrayal of struggle amidst turmoil. The mood of the painting and the surrounding environment is perfectly portrayed in sketch and color with the clever use of light gradients and detail in the waves and background.

    The creator ingeniously placed a single ship as a speck amidst the vast ocean to communicate the passion in its battle against an adversary that larger and by result an intimidating force against the sole fighter.

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  • Voyager



    Our view of the earth, maybe betrayed when gazing at it from the artificial eyes of technology. A depiction of our planet in an antique coating as it would appear on a collector globe. The choice of color is exquisite to bring out a vintage view of an astronomical image.

    The creator whilst placing the smaller planet against the globe adds mystery and detail using hues on a sketch that is a convergence of reality and abstract.

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