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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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  • Village Hospitality

    Village Hospitality

    $275$675

    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.

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  • Alternate Modes

    Alternate Modes

    $275$675

    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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  • Modern Day Caveman

    Modern Day Caveman

    $275$550

    Seated on a rock in this portrait is person from the indigenous tribes of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a beautiful Island nation located in the heart of the Indian ocean. Indigenous people such as the man portrayed in this creation still exist, today, even in this day and age.

    It’s admirable and fascinating to see and think that these individuals and groups of people still exist and have stayed true to their beliefs and ways of life for all these years, and that they would still continue to exist for years to come. The Creator has shown appreciation towards these people with this piece.

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  • Race Across the Waters

    Race Across the Waters

    $1,550$1,775

    A sailboat in expectation of a profitable day catches races across the great ocean splitting the waves in its wake. This painting is filled with shadings of blue and spots of amber used with perfection and creativity to bring a sense of turmoil amongst a stunning natural setting of nature vs man.

    The creator has skillfully drawn the waves in a manner that portrays the speed in which the catamaran is traveling whilst its sail is full of a powerful wind. The amazing portrayal of wind on the sail and disturbed waters using color and sketch is a feature of this wonderful work of art.

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  • Another Day Dawns

    Another Day Dawns

    $1,050$1,175

    The artist focuses on the scenic beauty of the beach in the morning. A new day has begun. The passionate colors fill the sky with warmth like the pink grapefruits, citrus oranges and zesty lemons. Sea so subtle, sparkles preciously as it strolls up against the shore.

    Fishermen have set out to begin their day. This artwork portrays the relaxed and peaceful feeling you get when visiting the Oceanside. The creator uses subtle colors to enhance the mesmerizing beauty of the scene. This is an inspiring art which adds positivity to your home.

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  • Stairway of Faith

    Stairway of Faith

    $275$675

    A lone Buddhist monk walks up towards the endless journey of faith using a staircase that seems to be leading to an oblivion that only he can see. The curious setting of the staircase amidst a rocky wilderness is thought provoking.

    The creator has beautifully portrayed the loneliness of his journey by drawing a contrasting large surrounding landscape that is filled with detail and color. The monk has been placed in the middle of the stairway to offer the viewer the opportunity to take in the adjacent nature whilst focusing on the subject.

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  • Main Street in the Villag..

    Main Street in the Villag..

    $650$725

    The hustle and bustle of the commercial sector in a remote village are beautifully painted using various shades of brown and green. The street is flanked by vendors and village folk while in the center is a large bullock cart possibly carrying the days merchandise.

    The creator has skillfully used water colors to give a spectacular faded shading to create depth in the background foliage and drawn the texture of the villages along the road in intricate detail.

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  • A Manic Monday

    A Manic Monday

    $1,050$1,175

    The Creator has expertly brought out the rush and urgency of a typical marketplace in Sri Lanka. Buyers and sellers coming together. Multiple deals and events happening in one moment and the Creator has, expertly captured, the typical atmosphere and the nature of a bazaar in Sri Lanka.

    The use different colors in this creation make it a diverse piece. The calming green and blue hues, mixed with the strong earthy tones give this creation multiple facets, as if it was a diamond. This makes it obscure and means there’s always something new to be discovered when admiring the technique and brilliance of this creation.

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  • A Utopian Shoreline

    A Utopian Shoreline

    $1,325$1,475

    This masterpiece tells the story of the seaside through its textural brush strokes. A serene and gentle ocean is interpreted with rather striking and unusual shades to individually admire every aspect of the landscape.

    The contrasting colors exaggerate the scenery with a post impressionistic approach, presenting a utopic wonder! The sea and the sky complement and compete with each other at the same time. The lighthouse in the vicinity of this beautiful landscape, harmonizes nature with the isolation that is truly nostalgic.

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  • Sands of Time

    Sands of Time

    $1,050$1,175

    The Creator of this simple, yet lovely piece, has portrayed a day in the life a village fisherman. A beautiful seascape setting, this creation has been painted with such care and precision, at first glance, the detail that really catches one’s eye is an undertone of yellow and gold. We have two fishermen reaping the gains of a hard day’s work, in the warm afternoon sun, atop a sandy beach of golden warmth.

    Truly magnificent, a testament to the Creator’s skill, techniques, creativity and use of colors. A lovely piece to hang on the wall of any family lounge, living room or hall, inside a home. This creation is an ideal piece for that, touch of elegance feel.

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  • On a Night Like This

    On a Night Like This

    $275$675

    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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  • Sturdy on a Rock

    Sturdy on a Rock

    $275$675

    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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  • Village Life

    Village Life

    $925$1,025

    The creator beautifully expresses a typical Sri Lankan village. This is a Sinhalese phrase that shows the close relationship with the village with the temple and tanks for agricultural purposes. The painting is nourished by the nutrients of its soil and the farmer’s labor that in return has produced healthy plants that cover the land.

    A stroke of astounding divinity from the tanks and the bright skies revives the land and glorifies its beauty. A balance of warm and dark tones adds contrast to the landscape and village culture.

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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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  • 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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  • Exodus

    Exodus

    $275$675

    The creator beautifully expresses a highly saturated landscape with strokes of browns and yellows that visually craft a dry and humid land. Spots of dry against the dark green foliage resemble the loss and continuity of life. The land is a collapsed civilization with hints of life.

    A stroke of astounding divinity from the stream revives the land from her lamentation over her curse. Her barrenness is a clear emphasis on the cycle of human selfishness towards nature. A balance of warm and dark tones adds contrast to the landscape and its downfall.

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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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  • Race Across the Waters

    Race Across the Waters

    $275$675

    A sailboat in expectation of a profitable day catches races across the great ocean splitting the waves in its wake. This painting is filled with shadings of blue and spots of amber used with perfection and creativity to bring a sense of turmoil amongst a stunning natural setting of nature vs man.

    The creator has skillfully drawn the waves in a manner that portrays the speed in which the catamaran is traveling whilst its sail is full of a powerful wind. The amazing portrayal of wind on the sail and disturbed waters using color and sketch is a feature of this wonderful work of art.

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  • The Lumber Mill

    The Lumber Mill

    $275$550

    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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  • Main Street

    Main Street

    $275$675

    The hustle and bustle of the commercial sector in a remote village are beautifully painted using various shades of brown and green. The street is flanked by vendors and village folk while in the center is a large bullock cart possibly carrying the days merchandise.

    The creator has skillfully used water colors to give a spectacular faded shading to create depth in the background foliage and drawn the texture of the villages along the road in intricate detail.

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