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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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  • 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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  • Heartbeat of the Hills

    Heartbeat of the Hills

    $1,050$1,175

    The creator of this simple yet exquisite work has portrayed a day in the life of a tea plucker. A frequent sight seen on the beautiful central hills of the country. They are the heart of Ceylon tea. Their life is simple yet challenging. With A keen eye and deft fingers they snip the leaves that make for a refreshing cup.

    This amazing painting colored in subtle tones of yellows and greens enhances the softness of this creation. The pale green background helps to bring out the images of the tea pluckers. This helps to capture the attention of the viewer and draw into the image. This is a perfect statement piece for any living space.

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  • Music for the Soul

    Music for the Soul

    $275$875

    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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  • Abstract Nature

    Abstract Nature

    $275$675

    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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  • Little Clay Houses

    Little Clay Houses

    $1,325$1,475

    The Creator of this simple yet mysterious work of art has depicted a village of indigenous people in Sri Lanka. The Creator has, wonderfully, painted the huts in the village; that are made of clay and palm fronds, as the paddy fields surround this area. The Creator has, quite incredibly, brought the village to life.

    This beautiful, scenic creation is a perfect addition to a living space. When having people over, attention will immediately be drawn to it. At first glance curiosity peaks. Then you begin to get lost in this creation.

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  • Solitude

    Solitude

    $1,325$1,475

    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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  • Ship at Dusk

    Ship at Dusk

    $1,325$1,475

    An exquisite landscape painted in light amber hues of a view overlooking a cliff at dusk. The fading light, giving way to a beautiful reddish color that is reflected in the sea as it hosts a fleet of sail ships. The curious color of the sea that almost looks like land covered in red soil blends perfectly with the ambience of the painting that is brought through the scenery and the cliffs.

    The creator has used a creative choice of colors and shading applied with great skill whilst sketching much detail in the landscape of the objects in the painting. An ambience of tranquility is beautifully shared through this amazing sketch of ocean and land.

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  • Stairway of Faith

    Stairway of Faith

    $1,325$1,475

    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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  • A Hard Knock Life

    A Hard Knock Life

    $1,550$1,775

    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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  • Picked for Perfection

    Picked for Perfection

    $1,050$1,175

    A common sight you could behold as you travel to the hill country of Sri Lanka, groups of ladies handpick the best quality tea shoots that will ultimately make one of the most refreshing beverages in the world. The creator demonstrates his artistic talents and allows you to bring this mesmerizing scene right in the middle of your living room through this beautiful acrylic.

    Colored in pastel shades of green and blue and hints of other shades highlighting the hardworking tea pluckers, this scene of a tea estate with a mountain landscape in the backdrop is truly a handpicked creation perfect to make part of your décor.

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  • Delicate Hands

    Delicate Hands

    $275$675

    This masterpiece uses vivid and prominent brush strokes to beautifully express the aromatic infusion of tea and its crafting. The sweat of manual labor preserves natural sweetness within the tea leaves exposing it to bold and dark flavors. A striking balance of warm yellows and cooler tones of green add an astounding edginess to the painting, with a tinge of exoticness.

    The wrinkles on the face of the tea plucker makes her truly beautiful for her commitment to precision and her unique and artisan manual crafting. Her beauty truly reflects her hard work.

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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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  • Crops We Reap

    Crops We Reap

    $1,550$1,775

    Magnificently portrayed by the Creator, here we see a day in the life of the farmers and village workers of yesteryear in the countryside reaping crops they have sowed for sustenance and trade. Atop the heads of the village workers are baskets, made from cane or jute, carrying harvested crops. Creator brings forward the hardships these villagers put in to earn their wages, by representation from earthy tones of this exquisite piece.

    Mystique is the most eye-catching detail of this creation and if it’s possible to be lost by staring into a work of art, this would be the piece. With every glance, there’s a new perspective and a new story to relate based on different perceptions.

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  • Charming a Cobra

    Charming a Cobra

    $1,550$1,775

    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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  • 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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  • Rhythm of the Cobra

    Rhythm of the Cobra

    $1,050$1,175

    Portrayed here a wonderful moment of a life of a snake charmer, they have always been a part of the mysterious culture of Sri Lanka. These men carry a bamboo flute and a harmless looking basket in which resides a deadly cobra. As he begins to play the flute in response to the summons of the strange and melancholy tune the serpent begins to sway to and fro to the rhythm of the charmer’s melody.

    The color selection compliments the beauty of the scene and it’s a perfect example for the best balance of colors. Creator’s eye for detail which is a must to come up with a beautiful work of art.

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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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  • 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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  • Peace

    Peace

    $1,325$1,475

    Peace is a habitat of a tranquil mind. As two canoes lay await on a placid lake a dull sky reflected in the still water to mix an ideal day with a tranquil setting. Peace is not an afterthought in this picture, but rather the result of a combination of colors and abstract detail in the subjects and the landscape.

    The creator has used to perfection a blend of hues to bring through this painting an emotion that surpasses all understanding amidst a landscape that is filled with detail. The beautiful use of amber in a bordering brush and splattered along the sky brings a welcome sense of light and color to this thought provoking work of art.

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  • Village Stopover

    Village Stopover

    $1,050$1,175

    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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