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Ishan Senaka Hewage

Ishan Senaka Hewage
Contemporary Artist

Ishan Senaka Hewage has a surreal and vibrant take on the subjects of his paintings. The artist sees himself as a merger of expressive shapes, colors and medium that represents the world with fluidity. Through Ishan’s paintings he has developed a close kinship with nature, and visualizes it beautifully and expressively.

“We do not require mechanical humans, but humans at peace with nature,” says Ishan. His relationship with nature is made to contend with graphically striking paintings that refuse to see the world in photographic precision but in a uniquely abstract manner.

Ishan employs a bold color palette and fluid style to capture the essence of his world. He refuses to use similar color palettes in his artwork and experiments with a variety of colors that enhance his skill at rendering lifelike figures and landscapes with his sharp eye for intricate details and abstracting them.

Ishan’s obsession with watercolors convey the sensitivity he has towards nature, as it is a soft and fluid medium. The soft colors build up to darker colors and transform his artwork to rejuvenate the eye of the viewer.

Ishan is not only a painter, but a cartoonist and a comic artist. He collaborates with other well-known artists to illustrate for the Hatton National Bank (HNB) calendar. He is eternally grateful for the knowledge that has been passed down by his teachers and his mother who was also a painter.

His spontaneous gestural brush-strokes, leave an impression of the post-impressionist within Ishan. He is deeply inspired by Van Gogh and tries to capture the expression and emotion through his painting style.

His inner impulses are splashed across the canvas in a spontaneous and improvisatory manner, while it is deeply rooted in nature and its beauty. Simple compositions with large areas of color intend to produce a meditation response in the viewer drawing them closer to nature.

His work also explores the intricate details of Buddhist art. Spiritual teleportation enables himself to enter the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka in order to empathize and connect with that style. His love for ancient Buddhist art is expressed in his soft and delicate painting style. It is this precision that makes his work unique.

Ishan Senaka gathers inspiration from exploration of artists, styles and techniques. His impressionist approach intertwines dream and reality and is modelled through contrasting colors and subject matter.

Inspired by the great watercolourists Alvaro Castagenet and Chin Chun Wah he has trained his imagination to root for the realistic aspect of everyday creatures and objects, that reveal themselves as an expression of his heart and soul.

Ishan forms and reflects a love for motifs and nature through his vibrant color pattern and expressive artwork!

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  • Cut off from the Rest

    Cut off from the Rest

    $1,050$1,175

    The Creator of this piece has, ever so brilliantly portrayed the simple life of the indigenous Veddah people in Sri Lanka. We see a family performing daily chores in this bright orange hued depiction of a day in the life of these indigenous folk.

    The simplicity in their lifestyle is highly emphasized in this beautiful creation. It brings across the purity of this culture, unaffected by modern technology and material things. A beautifully bold statement piece that would fit any collection of art. Very obscure creation, which gives rise to its mystique. It is rich in culture and diversity and would look beautiful on any living room wall.

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  • The Golden Lake

    The Golden Lake

    $1,350$1,500

    A pictures scenery caught in fading light of a beautiful lake surrounded by lush forests and green hills. Light from a setting sun is reflected on the lake, highlighting a solitary fishing boat as it scales the lake for a late catch.

    The creator has skillfully and creatively applied a light golden hue to the entire picture to bring out the reflection of the dying sun is over a dark green landscape. The landscape is thrust amidst a golden background as a photograph would when it’s framed in an antique manner, thus revealing a sense of the historical value over an ancient landscape.

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  • Solitude

    Solitude

    $275$675

    A single canoe floats aimlessly in solitude in the still waters of a vast lake. The inactivity of the lake beautifully portrayed by the mirror effect it has on the bordering trees. The color scheme used in this painting brings forth a sense of rest and peace in keeping with its theme.

    The creator has put much thought to the background that surrounds the sole subject, adding a desolate land on the left of the lake over a dull sky, ensuring that the center piece is seen in isolation. The curious pattern in the brush strokes bring in a wonderful effect to the foliage that is featured in the painting.

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  • A Pilgrim’s Haven

    A Pilgrim’s Haven

    $1,050$1,175

    Here, we have an iconic landmark captured on canvas. This Brilliantly thought out and beautifully painted creation is of the “Meditating Buddha” or Gal Vihara Temple in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, in Sri Lanka. The Creator has done a marvelous job of recreating it on canvas. Its prominence and beauty have not been diminished but heightened by the Creator.

    This is a stone statue and Temple of Lord Buddha where the statue was carved into the rock. A perfect blend of culture and philosophy. This creation will bring tranquility to any living space. The earthy tones of the creation complement any and all color schemes.

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  • On a Night Like This

    On a Night Like This

    $1,325$1,475

    A brilliantly portrayed starry night at the Kandy Perahera, in Sri Lanka. The Creator has captured this prestigious, religious event so meticulously and accurately, down to the last detail.

    What is being brought across on canvas by this masterful Creator is the front of Perahera. It is a religious Buddhist event held every year in the ancient city of Kandy. The Elephant can be seen carrying the sacred tooth relic atop its back and decked in beautiful silk draping with jewels embedded in them. While the procession and the other elephant follow behind and alongside this sacred relic.

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  • Abstract Nature

    Abstract Nature

    $1,325$1,475

    This masterpiece beautifully harmonizes nature with man. Thatched houses of natural clay and dried coconut branches for roofs with the lush green trees makes the painting very abstract and unreal. This abstractness does not lie wholly in the blotted watercolor technique, but in the fact that man still lives in harmony with nature in an era of pollution and concrete jungles.

    The colors in the painting are simple to denote the serenity of the village, while prominence is given to the trees in the surrounding. The painting beautifully demonstrates the simple mindsets of the village inhabitants and their selfless relationship with mother nature.

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  • Rumble of the Drums

    Rumble of the Drums

    $1,325$1,475

    The Creator of this marvelous piece has, ever so brilliantly, captured a still image on canvas of a Kandyan drummer, who are a part of the Perahera Procession in the ancient city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. They are usually at the front of the Perahera, following, just behind the Elephants.

    The Creator’s choice and use of colors accurately portray the drummer and his scarlet clothing. The earthy tones of the drum blend into the multitude of hues, so effortlessly, that the drummer is brought to life from the canvas. This creation will certainly liven up a living, whilst adding a bit of flare.

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  • The Lumber Mill

    The Lumber Mill

    $1,325$1,475

    This incredible creation has been painted to perfection. The creator has depicted a man, carrying a heavy load of, what appears to be, blocks of wood. He is riding an ordinary bicycle and the blocks are stacked up behind him, atop the bicycle.

    The creator’s use of warmer tones is very subdued, not loud and overpowering. It brings across the story and emotion that the Creator is trying to portray. This creation is a magnificent motivational, statement piece. You will find inspiration and drive here in the times that you need it the most. This piece can energize and liven up any space that it is put in.

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  • Alternate Modes

    Alternate Modes

    $1,050$1,175

    The painting exhibits alternate modes of transport featuring animal and machine, both curiously portrayed in blue color. The abstract effect to the painting makes it stand out from a regular landscape or portrait art as the subjects are posed against a regular town atmosphere, but offer an unusual scene of color matching trishaw and elephant placed side-by-side

    The creator has skillfully blotted the colors when adding the paint to the background and yet preserved the artistic look and detail of the characters. The color coordination used for the subjects is impressive and thought provoking.

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  • Village Hospitality

    Village Hospitality

    $1,325$1,475

    This masterpiece beautifully paints an image of bullock carts which was a main mode of transport in the early days of Sri Lanka. The incorporation of colors gradually builds up exaggerated shadows to achieve realism. Man’s dependence on animal support in the village is beautifully expressed.This masterpiece beautifully paints the regard Sri Lankans have for the warmth and freshness of milk straight from the udder of the cow or the buffalo. A glass of warm milk from their own cattle is a gesture of hospitality, that exists even to this date.

    This painting captures a young woman milking a buffalo. Buffalo milk is used to make curd which is usually eaten with fresh treacle as a desert in the Sri Lankan culture. The creator focuses on the hardships the villagers undergo even for a simple gesture of hospitality, which is done wholeheartedly.

    The colors are overly saturated to exaggerate the humidity of the sun and the hardships of the villagers in order to survive. The painting beautifully demonstrates the country’s traditions that are still prevalent even in the present day and the simplicity of life in the village.

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  • The Sacred Walk

    The Sacred Walk

    $1,325$1,475

    This masterful creation portrays the front of the Kandy Perahera, where the main Elephant carries the sacred tooth relic atop its head as the Elephant takes it sacred walk down the pathway. Here we also see the Elephant handlers alongside it. This is part of religious procession taken place every year in the ancient city of Kandy, on the island of Sri Lanka.

    The fiery red hues, used by the Creator, of the fabric draped around the Elephant draw attention to the prominence and prestige of this Elephant, whilst the gems make the Elephant and the relic stand out from amongst the crowd.

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  • A Pilgrim’s Haven

    A Pilgrim’s Haven

    $275$550

    Here, we have an iconic landmark captured on canvas. This Brilliantly thought out and beautifully painted creation is of the “Meditating Buddha” or Gal Vihara Temple in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, in Sri Lanka. The Creator has done a marvelous job of recreating it on canvas. Its prominence and beauty have not been diminished but heightened by the Creator.

    This is a stone statue and Temple of Lord Buddha where the statue was carved into the rock. A perfect blend of culture and philosophy. This creation will bring tranquility to any living space. The earthy tones of the creation complement any and all color schemes.

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  • The Weekday Routine

    The Weekday Routine

    $1,550$1,775

    The rough textural brushstrokes of this masterpiece reflect the dusty and busy roads filled with impatient drivers and pedestrians waiting to go back home after a hard day of work. The creator has incorporated warm tones that are strenuous to the eye as there is an imbalance between warm and cool colors.

    While the colors exaggerate the human feelings on a weekday evening, it also creates a wonderful post-impressionist scenery. The rains wash out the dusty and tiresome city, creating a shiny mirror in its puddles for the city to admire its own rejuvenation. The painting truly harmonizes nature with human feelings.

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  • Journey along a Beaten Pa..

    Journey along a Beaten Pa..

    $275$550

    The Creator has painted a timeless act seen in many different cultures with a mixture of warm and cool tones scattered across the canvas. The warmer tones have been centralized, while the cooler toned background frames the central image. The image is of a man riding and guiding the path of a bullock-cart, being led and carried by two bulls at the front of the cart, stacked up with large piles of hay.

    An inspiring piece that would fit any living space. A perfect touch of tranquility. The Creator of this marvelous piece has brought this moment to life on canvas. It could also be used as a motivational statement piece.

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  • Charming a Cobra

    Charming a Cobra

    $275$550

    Depicted in this brilliant creation is a snake charmer with his flute in hand, ready at the helm to play for the snake. The music is so hypnotic to the cobra, that is front of the man. If ever you have been lucky enough to witness this event in real life you would know how fascinating it is to see a snake becoming so entranced and enchanted by the music.

    The music takes over and the snake starts to move along to and with the music. This incredible Creator has succeeded in capturing. This exceptionally spectacular moment on canvas.

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  • Together is Always Better..

    Together is Always Better..

    $275$675

    This masterpiece beautifully paints an image of bullock carts which was a main mode of transport in the early days of Sri Lanka. The incorporation of colors gradually builds up exaggerated shadows to achieve realism. Man’s dependence on animal support in the village is beautifully expressed.

    The colors are overly saturated to exaggerate the humidity of the sun and the hardships of the villagers in order to survive. The painting beautifully demonstrates the country’s traditions that are still prevalent even in the present day and the simplicity of life in the village.

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  • Music for the Soul

    Music for the Soul

    $1,550$1,775

    The creator of this beautiful, timeless piece of art, has masterfully portrayed an art in its own respect. The relationship between the snake and it’s charmer have been clearly painted with such emotion that even the feeling of the movement of the snake is brought to life. The Creator has gone to great lengths to put in meticulous details into this creation.

    This creation is a bold and daring piece, one that would be an excellent addition into any collection for this creation is timeless, in every sense of the word.

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  • A Hard Knock Life

    A Hard Knock Life

    $275$550

    The Creator of this magnificent work of art has delved deep into the struggle and dedication that some have to go through in their daily work life. The creator’s technique and brushwork brilliantly capture the scene that is to be brought to the attention of the audience.

    The creation goes well with a workplace or at home, in a study. It could be a motivational piece. You could also use it as a cultural piece of art which will magnify the elegance and culture within any living space.

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  • Journey along a Beaten Pa..

    Journey along a Beaten Pa..

    $1,325$1,475

    The Creator has painted a timeless act seen in many different cultures with a mixture of warm and cool tones scattered across the canvas. The warmer tones have been centralized, while the cooler toned background frames the central image. The image is of a man riding and guiding the path of a bullock-cart, being led and carried by two bulls at the front of the cart, stacked up with large piles of hay.

    An inspiring piece that would fit any living space. A perfect touch of tranquility. The Creator of this marvelous piece has brought this moment to life on canvas. It could also be used as a motivational statement piece.

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  • Sturdy on a Rock

    Sturdy on a Rock

    $1,325$1,475

    In this exquisite creation, the Creator has captured a historic landmark figure, the ‘Gadaladeniya’ Vihara temple from the ancient city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The Creator stunningly captures the Dravidian style of Architecture, represented by the pyramid shaped head/roof of the temple.

    This exquisite and timeless creation brings history, art and culture to a living space. Curiosity peaks at first glance. This creation is one with a story behind it and others will see it too. It is a unique conversation starter. A work of art of this caliber is now rare, and therefore hard to find.

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