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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

    $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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  • The Cellist

    The Cellist

    $1,175$1,325

    A young boy concentrates intently as he engages his body and soul in creating music through a wooden stringed accomplice. This portrait of man and music is a perfect depiction of the relationship between the musician and instrument, both lost in each other’s embrace with the sole purpose of delivering a beautiful melody.

    The creator has placed the subjects in solitude and exaggerated the theme through skillful use of color by including a gray, misty background to the bright contrast of the instrumentalist and his cello.

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  • The Caravan

    The Caravan

    $875$1,000

    A beautiful landscape painting of a caravan of bullock carts coming along a village road flanked with greenery and the lush foliage of a thick forest. The row of carts stretching into the near distance is perfectly balanced against the background and fills the canvas as the main feature of the painting.

    The creator has painted an enchanting picture using bright shades, to capture rural modes of transport and nature framed with a scenic view of a gravel road cutting through a dense forest. The green background taking up most of the image, almost encapsulating the subjects below seem both overpowering and awesome.

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  • Bloom in the Wild

    Bloom in the Wild

    $925$1,075

    A beautiful flower blooms on the tree, it is too pretty to be admired alone. Two little humming birds adorned with the best of colors, each its own masterpiece, stop by to admire its beauty, their wings fluttering at lightning speed. They are so gentle with the flower, careful enough not to hurt, but longing to have a drink of its life-giving water which tastes ever so sweet. We miss these little moments which nature orchestrates every day.

    Creator’s eloquent brush work has portrayed the ever so wonderful creation of nature, perfect in all its ways, a reminder for us to enjoy the small wonders of this vibrant world.

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  • Wading Through Muddy Wate..

    Wading Through Muddy Wate..

    $1,000$1,150

    The Creator brings light and precedence to the struggles that many animals, such as the buffaloes portrayed in this piece, have to endure in their lives, out in the wild. The brilliance of this creation can be used as a powerful motivator with a poignant message in this powerful creation. Displaying this in a working space or study as a motivational statement piece would drive anyone who sees it work harder and with more dedication.

    We don’t realize that we have everything handed to us. For these buffaloes, the amount of energy and hardship they endure just to travel from one point of the jungle to another area is treacherous and heart-wrenching. They are not provided with neatly cleared pathways and roads to travel on, nor bridges to cross over. They travel in the wild, where, if untouched by man, remains rustic and unconventional.

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  • Sweet Bride

    Sweet Bride

    $825$950

    A young lass dressed in a magenta decoration and prepared to meet her groom, waits and poses with a sweet impatient smile. The painting beautifully captures her patience, excitement and joy all rolled into one expression of emotion.

    Exquisite detail of facial features is sketched, and perfect color balance utilized by the creator in this portrait that blends art with human passion. The texture of the subject’s skin and shades of her costume skillfully complimented with the background and foreground of the picture.

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  • Rusted Nostalgia

    Rusted Nostalgia

    $1,100$1,225

    There is a sense of solitary beauty in the rusted Volkswagen as it has become one with nature. The artist beautifully expresses the rusted metal within the playfulness of nature. Although a colour palette of pastel and gloomy hues have been incorporated, it also recalls the memories of a youthful and nostalgic past. The joy of nostalgia reignites a precious memory to vintage vehicle lovers.

    The rust formed on the metal is symbolic to the stain of nostalgia that characterizes and imprints a strong memory. It also adds contrast and warmth to the painting while striking a balance between the warm and cool tones. It is indeed a visually enticing masterpiece.

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  • Labor in the Mud

    Labor in the Mud

    $825$950

    A detail rich portrayal of the struggle of labor partnered between man and beast in this stunning painting of a farmer struggling to plough the muddy trench along with his trusted and equally strong water buffaloes.

    The creator exquisitely depicts the difficulty faced by the driver of the plough which is perfectly matched with the fight to wallow through the muddy terrain by the three beasts. Using a perfect mixture of color and sketch bringing out the features on all subjects that highlight each of their physical effort and emotion.

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  • Treasure Hunt

    Treasure Hunt

    $600$700

    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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  • Songs of Nature

    Songs of Nature

    $1,025$1,150

    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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  • The Governor

    The Governor

    $1,675$1,900

    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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  • Cultural Exuberance

    Cultural Exuberance

    $975$1,125

    An enthusiastic pose of a female dancer locked in culture and creative expression. Beautiful facial expression and posture has been captured through this portrait utilizing sharp but simple shades. The dull background contrasts the subject to bring into focus the message the intends to convey.

    The creator has exquisitely sketched detail in the costume and appearance of the dancer and drawn this portrayal at an angle that exhibits a mood of enthusiasm that is both commanding and proud as is the culture it represents.

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  • Snazzy

    Snazzy

    $675$775

    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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  • Signal at Dawn

    Signal at Dawn

    $950$1,075

    Portrayed in this delicate creation is a vigilant and protective creature. The rooster is always watchful and aware of its surroundings. He not only watches over his family but watches over anything and anyone around him. He sends his message, at the crack of dawn, that morning has broken.

    The delicate intricacies of the brush strokes have been used by the Creator to mold and blend the plethora of colors. The fiery, phoenix red, with the dull, sallow yellows; the deep auburn and charcoal into that sallow yellow, with little tufts of white feather popping out, unexpectedly, all along the body of the bird. A brilliant and bold choice in the use of colors.

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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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  • 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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  • Forgotten Vintage

    Forgotten Vintage

    $850$950

    The creator artfully expresses the beauty in vintage vehicles. The warm colour palette gives a radiance of positive energy through the hues, to create a strong nostalgic feeling. A nostalgic past is reignited while it also captures it in a visually pleasing aesthetic.

    The painting looks visually corroded to convey that the subjects have been taken from a particular period of time. The painter relates to the modern world through contemporary art styles to represent the timelessness of these valuable possessions.

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  • Purity Personified

    Purity Personified

    $875$1,000

    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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  • 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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  • Alluring Gaze

    Alluring Gaze

    $975$1,100

    As a mouse is drawn to a cheese so is the viewer drawn to this alluring gaze that touches the soul. The skill that has been displayed by the creator of this art in painting features and an expression of a female that can never be fathomed and yet is like a magnet to a seeker is exquisite.

    The canvas is filled with the dark complexion of a face that repeatedly asks the question “what are you saying?”. The creator has blended light and shade in the background to burst out the focal with clarity and a sharpness that pierces the gaze of the viewer.

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