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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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  • The Ruler

    The Ruler


    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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  • Elephant Tales

    Elephant Tales


    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 Caravan

    The Caravan


    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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  • Innocent Dreams

    Innocent Dreams


    A young girl stares into space wondering and dreaming where this life may be heading. This portrayal of a village lass in engaging and curious as it tells a story of hopes and dreams that every young adult has lived through at least once in their life.

    The dark magenta mixed with dark shades of brown gives a thought-provoking ambience to the painting that the creator has perfectly utilized and blended with the sketch of a pose in which the subjects gaze is looking away from the viewer to exquisitely portray the emotion of wonder and hope.

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  • Dancing to my Tune

    Dancing to my Tune


    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


    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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  • Majesty on a Stroll

    Majesty on a Stroll


    The realistic nature of this piece is absolutely breathtaking. It is as though we have been plucked from our seats and have been taken into a literal jungle and are able to humbly experience and adore this majestic creature.

    The highlights and the shading have been so carefully and meticulously thought out and painted with such detail and dedication by this exceptional Creator. When adding this piece to your collection, as others gaze upon it, all will marvel at this magnificent work of art, trying to fathom the real-life element of this creation. The Creator of this piece should be applauded for this work of art.

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  • Signal at Dawn

    Signal at Dawn


    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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  • To the Heavens

    To the Heavens


    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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  • Sweet Bride

    Sweet Bride


    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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  • The Natural Wonder

    The Natural Wonder


    Canvas paintings are beautiful simply since they bring about a warm feeling. Enjoying this work of art, the spectator is enchanted by the beauty of nature. The waterfall begins from the mountain, colored in pastels of blue and white flows down where a pond is formed, budding with marine life, the trees on each side lush and green fed well by the graceful water is perfect for the birds that sit still to catch its prey.

    The rocks around covered in moss, glistens in the sunlight, which shines through the forest. The creator has portrayed the grand handiwork of nature which cannot be compared!

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  • The Cellist

    The Cellist


    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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  • Undiscovered Thoughts

    Undiscovered Thoughts


    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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  • Motherhood



    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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  • The Exuberance of Youth

    The Exuberance of Youth


    Excitement, laughter, joy, beauty and youth and all traits that spring out from the canvas in this beautiful portrayal of a young brunette expressing her enthusiasm in a seductive form of pose and manner. Her features are exquisitely captured in the sketch that is skillfully complimented with the choice of color and shade.

    The creator has painted a mesmerizing representation of youth with the simple use of a female torso blending a sea of emotion with bright and dark colors and perfectly drawing a subject to bring forth a mood using a work of art.

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  • Seduce Me

    Seduce Me


    The woman is crafted with perfection and beauty. She truly is seductive, and the curves and arches of her back are brilliantly complemented through the softly blended brush strokes. The smooth transition of the pigment of her skin makes her erotic and tactile. Her seductive methods are not sinful but are magical and natural. Clothed in her nakedness, she confidently exposes herself.

    The muddy skin is symbolic to natural clay that has been molded carefully with a power that radiates beauty and awe. The bright and saturated warm hues characterize her beauty. The play of light and shadow give prominence and focus on the beauty of the feminine body structure and its seductive power.

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  • Snazzy



    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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  • The Long Eared One

    The Long Eared One


    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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  • Rusted Nostalgia

    Rusted Nostalgia


    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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  • The Seductress

    The Seductress


    The expression of sensuality in a prose of color and sketch. A beautiful female sits partially exposed upon a stool as she looks away in a posture of seduction and temptation. The choice of color perfectly complements the theme contributing to the lure of romance.

    The creator has skillfully drawn the features and figure of the female against a low light background and provided to the viewer a portrait of lustful beauty blending light and shade exquisitely.

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