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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 Life

    Village Life

    $275$750

    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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  • A Hard Knock Life

    A Hard Knock Life

    $275$575

    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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  • Alternate Modes

    Alternate Modes

    $275$750

    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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  • Music for the Soul

    Music for the Soul

    $575$2,750

    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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  • Village Stopover

    Village Stopover

    $650$2,750

    A welcome stopover along a village road for the journey weary bullock cart. This painting features a remote landscape populated with some idling local inhabitants. The detail of the surrounding trees stands out as a feature in the work of art as the creator has blended colors with definite brush strokes.

    Simplicity in choice of colors gives this painting a rugged look in keeping with the theme of a village. The dull hues are overshadowed by the rich detail in multiple characters represented by men and animals spread evenly throughout the canvas, giving the viewer a lot to gaze at when taking in the environment that is portrayed.

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  • Village Hospitality

    Village Hospitality

    $650$2,750

    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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  • Main Street in the Villag..

    Main Street in the Villag..

    $650$2,750

    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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  • The Blue Bay

    The Blue Bay

    $650$2,750

    Fishing boats parked together in a blueish array of a peaceful bay with rest beneath a morning sky. The reflection of the boats catches the water in perfect silhouette bringing to the viewer a sense that this is a calm water in keeping with the peace that is protruding through this work of art.

    The creator has used unusual abstract type brush strokes to paint this beautiful landscape that is filled with blue hues and detail well spread to give a blending color to both the sea and sky.

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  • Water to Fetch

    Water to Fetch

    $275$750

    A lone woman walks towards from afar after fetching water from a nearby lake that seems to be in the background. This painting drawn in amber is lightly colored, but nevertheless is rich in detail. The road on which the subject is walking is expertly sketched to portray the distance from which she has to travel to bring the priceless commodity.

    The creator has added an abstract touch to this portrayal by using variant shades of a single primary in this painting, thereby giving the art an exquisite look of simplicity amidst beauty.

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  • Village Hospitality

    Village Hospitality

    $275$750

    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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  • Water to Fetch

    Water to Fetch

    $650$2,750

    A lone woman walks towards from afar after fetching water from a nearby lake that seems to be in the background. This painting drawn in amber is lightly colored, but nevertheless is rich in detail. The road on which the subject is walking is expertly sketched to portray the distance from which she has to travel to bring the priceless commodity.

    The creator has added an abstract touch to this portrayal by using variant shades of a single primary in this painting, thereby giving the art an exquisite look of simplicity amidst beauty.

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  • The Sacred Walk

    The Sacred Walk

    $575$2,750

    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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  • Modern Day Caveman

    Modern Day Caveman

    $575$2,750

    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

    $650$2,750

    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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  • Stairway of Faith

    Stairway of Faith

    $275$750

    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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  • Music for the Soul

    Music for the Soul

    $275$950

    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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