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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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  • Kingdom of Yesteryear

    Kingdom of Yesteryear

    $525$950

    A beautiful sketch of the Kandyan Kingdom against a pale blue sky in the height of daylight robed with nature and splendor. Brightness springs out of this painting as the white of the palace reflects out the golden roof of the throne room.

    The creator has used a curious and a skillful form of shading to sink in the detail of royal architecture with serenity and a restful mood. Pale colors intermingled with brightness and perfect symmetry to bring forth a painting that is both pleasant and commanding.

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  • Who Spies

    Who Spies

    $400$1,925

    A clever drawing of a young girl caught in a candid gaze towards her spy while she baths in the local river. A shy smirk is beautifully sketched as she is caught in a sudden sense and a posture that compliments the mood of the scene.

    The creator has skillfully painted the subject and her features whilst adding a plain green background with a mixture of light shades to bring brightness into art for partnering with the girl’s reaction to the artists invasion of privacy.

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  • Alluring Gaze

    Alluring Gaze

    $525$2,525

    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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  • Together, We Walk

    Together, We Walk

    $275$950

    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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  • Together, We Walk

    Together, We Walk

    $525$2,800

    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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  • Dancing to my Tune

    Dancing to my Tune

    $400$2,100

    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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  • Simplistic Innocence

    Simplistic Innocence

    $475$2,200

    An exquisite painting capturing the innocence of an adolescent girl as she gazes within the walls of a confinement embracing a large jar. Her countenance perfectly captured in a skillful sketch and shade of light and shadow.

    The creator intricately portrayed an antique yet realistic scene, focusing on detail rather than color, but cleverly injecting light through the perfect use of dark and light shades. The detail rich sketch clearly exhibits features of the adolescent that adds to the beauty of the art.

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  • Lead from the Front

    Lead from the Front

    $400$2,100

    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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  • Suppressed Surprise

    Suppressed Surprise

    $450$2,100

    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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  • Watchful Flycatcher

    Watchful Flycatcher

    $400$1,050

    Portrayed in this creation is a bird known as a “Flycatcher”. The bird is small and delicate in nature and physical appearance with a crest of feathers on its head. The appearance of the bird is very interesting, and the Creator has put in a lot of time and dedication into making this piece perfect.

    The feathers at the back are a coral, orange; while the part of the belly that is visible has been painted white. The tail of the bird extends quite a long way down from where it sits, atop a feeble tree branch. The background of greenery has been painted in a clouded, haze effect so as to refrain from pulling focus off of the fascinating, little bird.

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  • The Ruler

    The Ruler

    $425$1,225

    An exquisite close-up profile of the king of rock in performance. This painting is a perfect portrayal of the young Elvis Presley in his rebel attire, guitar sling to the side, singing to an imaginary lass far into the crowds.

    The creator of this art has captured the curious and alluring gaze that won many hearts by skillfully sketching an exact replication of a pose that was never ignored. Dark shadings amidst the sharp features of Elvis is drawn and blended in unison to produce a masterpiece portrait.

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  • Picture Perfect Moment

    Picture Perfect Moment

    $450$1,400

    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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  • Songs of Nature

    Songs of Nature

    $525$2,675

    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 Caravan

    The Caravan

    $450$2,100

    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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  • The Governor

    The Governor

    $275$750

    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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  • Purity Personified

    Purity Personified

    $475$2,125

    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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