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Hemantha Warakapitiya

Hemantha Warakapitiya
Contemporary Artist

The life, culture, beauty and conflicts of Sri Lanka are the subjects of Hemantha Warakapitiya’s paintings. He is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator who represents the world with satirical creativity. The intricate details of his paintings document and visualize nature and the collapse of society due to political injustices and conflicts. Objects, people and phenomena from different levels of existence are brought together in his paintings to contend with his sharp eye for detail and his skill for hyper realism with photographic precision.

The raw boldness he incorporates to expose the bitter truth of politics and its effect on Sri Lankan society is characterized by a great sense of humor and satire. His personal perspectives intertwine political gossip and is expressed in a neutral manner through his political cartoons. Characterized with a range of saturated and contrasting colors, he creates outstanding pieces that represent the political realities of Sri Lanka.

Working with mixed media, the fluidity of his work explores the beauty and simplicity of phenomena unique to Sri Lanka, and are enhanced by his skill at rendering and replicating images with his sharp eye for proportion and scale.

They transform the standard notions of art into a uniquely expressive form, that brings about social awareness. This is the sole purpose of Hemantha’s famous political cartoon series in the daily Lakbima newspapers titled ‘Warakage Sithuwama’ that illustrates and adds humor to relevant political gossip.

The vibrant colors and graphically striking images Hemantha Warakapitiya incorporates in his work reflects his love for nature and satire. He also is a multi- disciplinary artist who has different artistic styles to represent a variety of subject matter that he wishes to communicate about through his art. His great skill and ability to develop a unique and different approach to a variety of aspects proves his great talent in the field of art!

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  • Dancing to my Tune

    Dancing to my Tune

    $275$550

    A detail rich painting of a cobra caught in the hypnotic dance of a charmer symbolizes a spiritual connection between man and animal that is unique to Sri Lanka. The grayscale background is disturbed by light shades used in the clothing of the charmer bringing into focus the charmer and his memorized partner.

    The brushstrokes of the creator are perfectly disguised in the smoothness of the texture that is applied onto the painting skillfully blending deep features of the musician and his dancer.

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  • The Governor

    The Governor

    $275$675

    The commanding presence of an unlikely ruler in the commercial streets of a colonial past. An elephant takes a walk escorted by his mahout amidst the concrete jungle as if he was the governor of the city. This portrayal is beautifully painted, capturing the statue of this ruling figure against an exquisite backdrop of regal building starching outward triangularly.

    The creator has perfectly positioned this sketch from bottom to up angle to exaggerate the authority of the animal and the architecture behind. Realistic shades have been used and yet a brightness bursting forth from the white building out into the darker shaded elephant and the tarred road.

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  • Inspiring a Nation

    Inspiring a Nation

    $1,325$1,475

    A bunch of white flowers in full bloom over a dark backdrop personifies peace, tranquility and above all, purity. This natural portrait is exquisitely painted against a contrasting background that exaggerates the whiteness of the foliage.

    The creator has used the perfect color balance between the main subject and the surrounding to highlight the theme of the picture and has perfectly shaded the white of the flowers skillfully bringing to life a painting that is thought-provoking and mood influencing.

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  • Together, We Walk

    Together, We Walk

    $275$875

    A lovely nature portrait of a family of elephants, stepping out from behind the trees of the inner and on to a visible path. The Creator has chosen to paint this beautiful work of art, with the hope that it would lighten the moods of those who look at it and brighten and cheer up anyone’s day.

    There is the element of family and togetherness that is, very strongly, represented in this creation. Although placed behind the first parent, the baby elephant is the best part of this creation. As we know, baby elephants are fun loving and playful, so when we look at the baby elephant, walking beside its parents, it reminds us of the mischievous acts that the elephant could be up to, while on this walk.

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  • Suppressed Surprise

    Suppressed Surprise

    $875$1,000

    If ever there were an expression of surprise that is evidently held back with body language and emotion, it would be the posture and appearance of this village girl. She is skillfully brought through this exquisite painting as she stands outside her dwelling to welcome an unannounced visitor.

    The creator has drawn this portrayal from an angle that searches the girl’s posture and features bringing through a mood that the viewer can feel just by glancing at her. The background of the hut is nicely contrasted against the girl and her green attire, adding a brightness to the focal of the painting.

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  • Catch of the Day

    Catch of the Day

    $1,325$1,475

    Two war torn fishermen proudly bring in the heavy catch of the day over a sun baked beach high in the morning hours, backdropped by their colleagues who seem busy with packing-up and birthing their trusted voyages. Perfection in sketching the body language of the two men to signify the weight of the load and the discomfort of the atmosphere is a feature of this work of art.

    The creator has used bright hues mingled with realistic detail to produce a painting that exquisitely brings to life an event seen on most mornings on a Sri Lankan beach.

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  • Dancing to my Tune

    Dancing to my Tune

    $825$950

    A detail rich painting of a cobra caught in the hypnotic dance of a charmer symbolizes a spiritual connection between man and animal that is unique to Sri Lanka. The grayscale background is disturbed by light shades used in the clothing of the charmer bringing into focus the charmer and his memorized partner.

    The brushstrokes of the creator are perfectly disguised in the smoothness of the texture that is applied onto the painting skillfully blending deep features of the musician and his dancer.

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  • Lead from the Front

    Lead from the Front

    $1,075$1,225

    A beautiful portrayal of a bullock cart race in full action. The pictures show the race from the front view, focusing on the leader and the competition behind. The wise selection of color contrast, brings to the immediate attention the race leader clads in a bright orange T-shirt whilst the other racers are painted in grayscale, thereby subtly bringing out the theme of this painting.

    The creator has skillfully sketched the gleeful thrill on the race leaders face, which stands out against the dull background and has added much detail to the carts and their engines that perfectly compliment the motion of the art.

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  • Together, We Walk

    Together, We Walk

    $1,775$2,000

    A lovely nature portrait of a family of elephants, stepping out from behind the trees of the inner and on to a visible path. The Creator has chosen to paint this beautiful work of art, with the hope that it would lighten the moods of those who look at it and brighten and cheer up anyone’s day.

    There is the element of family and togetherness that is, very strongly, represented in this creation. Although placed behind the first parent, the baby elephant is the best part of this creation. As we know, baby elephants are fun loving and playful, so when we look at the baby elephant, walking beside its parents, it reminds us of the mischievous acts that the elephant could be up to, while on this walk.

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  • Elephant Tales

    Elephant Tales

    $950$1,075

    A spectacular scenic portrait of this magnificent creature. This creation, in its own right, is as humbling as experiencing this magical event in real life. The ability to simulate the experience of an encounter with this majestic animal is a testament to the ability and skill of the ingenious Creator, to guide us on a journey into the jungle, to witness its life.

    The soft, but steadily, controlled brushstrokes that have detailed and highlighted the greenery, alone, is really quite fascinating. The placement of shading and light, along with the body of the elephant, has been executed with as much accuracy and attention to even the most minor details shows the true dedication that the Creator has offered.

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  • The Natural Smile

    The Natural Smile

    $975$1,125

    A candid photo generates a smile that can never be engineered. This beautiful painting exuberates the sweet smile of a young dame as she turns towards the viewer in the burst of greenery and freshness. Her smile is perfectly caught and sketched in a splendor of body language that compliments her every expression.

    The creator has masterfully used a single primary to fill the background without losing on the wonder and awe of the subject or her surroundings. Every part of this work of art screams out the joy and brightness of youth and nature.

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  • To the Heavens

    To the Heavens

    $1,025$1,175

    Motivation and inspiration for the creative expression comes only from above. This thoughtful painting of a cultural dancer is a perfect portrayal of preparation before the performance. His pose sketched exquisitely from an unusual angle capturing the emotion and body language of the stance.

    The creator as inserted detail in the subject whilst utilizing a dull background forcing the focus of the viewer to the dancer’s search for the stimulus above.

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  • Motherhood

    Motherhood

    $950$1,075

    The creator paints warmth through the relationship of a mother and her child. The detailed and smooth transition of colour gradients capture the maternal relationship while adding a sense of realism and photographic precision to its memory.

    The almost transparent clothing that the mother and her child are clad in, highlights the naturalness of their relationship. The warmth created under the dramatized light and shadows present the powerfulness of such a bond. It appreciates the unconditional and irreplaceable love that characterizes motherhood with emotion that overwhelms the heart.

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  • Treasure Hunt

    Treasure Hunt

    $275$550

    A superbly portrayed painting of two gemstone hunters tirelessly straining the muddy waters in search of that one rock that could change their lives forever. The caption of the one hunter looking up towards his audience in a countenance of hope, determination mixed with a sense of fear of uncertainty is exquisitely sketched seizing the moment of expression to perfection.

    The creator has filled the canvas with detail and color, skillfully placing the two subjects; one as the focus and the other as the fitting background amongst their labor and toil. Color and shading are creatively used to bring out an evenly balanced painting between reality and art.

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  • Who’s in Control?

    Who’s in Control?

    $1,550$1,775

    In this piece, the Creator brings light to a majestic tusker and its mahout sharing a walk and from the heavy, metal shackles around the neck of the elephant, and the bullhook carried by the mahout, it’s evident who is actually in control.

    The detailing and the precision that the Creator has put into making this powerful piece of art is truly touching and impressive. This Creator’s attention to detail has not faltered. It is having been remarkably captured, to make it appear as though this creation, were not a painting at all.

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  • The Long Eared One

    The Long Eared One

    $575$675

    When looking at this piece, at first glance, it is difficult to avert our gaze from the eyes of this magnificent owl, who are often described as, “wise”, because of the elegant and graceful way they fly and also when they look directly at you. When locking eyes with a wise owl, it’s difficult to not wonder, if they could possibly glance into your soul with their big, soulful eyes.

    The Creator of this marvelous piece of art has successfully created a connection between the viewer, the wise owl, and nature. Sights like this, that the Creator has captured on canvas, remind us of the marvels of nature.

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  • Picture Perfect Moment

    Picture Perfect Moment

    $275$350

    A truly stunning creation of a spotted deer, in which the Creator has managed to capture this special moment on canvas. The creative height and the exceptional imaginative skills that this Creator has to paint this perfect moment on canvas is highly impressive.

    The Creator has chosen to portray the event the way it should be seen, to perfection. The deer, focused on the individual watching it, completely caught off guard by the sudden movement that it sees in front of it. It lifts its head and freezes for a moment to see who’s watching it. The antlers have been painted with such care and grace, making this magnificent piece even more spectacular.

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  • Home on the Range

    Home on the Range

    $550$650

    In this creation, the image of a rooster has been portrayed against an interesting background of a collection of colors, although appear dull and sallow from a distance. However, when paying close attention to the individual colors used to create the background, it is evident that the colors are actually quite vibrant, individually.

    The colors have been blended to make a clouded effect, behind the rooster with unexpected colors such as white, dusty pink, and green in the haze of this mix. The Creator’s use of colors; such as the crimson red, the faded yellow, charcoal black shading and the navy blue, all along the body of the bird is impressive and remarkable.

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  • Snazzy

    Snazzy

    $275$675

    An ostentatious pose by what seems to be a performer, captivating her audience with a glare that is both presumptuous and stylish. A look on her face is perfectly captured in the painting that eloquently expresses the mood that compliments the features and dress.

    The creator has kept this art in dark shades, but by utilizing a black background has injected an effect that springs out the focal figure in an exaggeration of motion and emotion.

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  • Undiscovered Thoughts

    Undiscovered Thoughts

    $1,200$1,350

    The painter has crafted a beautiful woman who somehow seems incomplete. She is contemplative and seems empty and fragmented. The brilliance of her skin is warm and contradicts with her dark and mysterious thoughtfulness. The softly blended brush strokes that build up her body makes her beautifully unique while she sits covering her nakedness with a fear of being completely exposed.

    The cool and dark background dramatizes the untold emotions and thoughts of the woman as she lives in the darkness of her own trauma.

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