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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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  • 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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  • Serenity

    Serenity

    $725$825

    If you are planning to bring peace and tranquility to your living space, then this piece of art will make a perfect statement. The main focus of this creation is a group of Buddhist monks in their bright tangerines robes walking across a bridge in quiet meditation.

    Placing of colors at appropriate locations the creator captures the attention of the viewer while creating a lasting impression. Orange and yellow hues blended with the green background creates a powerful visual effect that is pleasing to the eye and cultivates a serene, calm and peaceful mood.

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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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  • Delicate Hands

    Delicate Hands

    $1,325$1,475

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Baskets of Gold

    Baskets of Gold

    $275$675

    The colors and the details of the shoreline is beautifully painted in a very natural and fluid manner. The painting is feministic as it focuses on women who are picking fish to be sold and draws back from the patriarchal idea that only the men who catch fish from the sea are the real bread winners.

    The highly saturated golden baskets emphasize on the value of the fish to the women and embarks on the main source of income for those living along the coastline. The beauty of this painting remains in the women stepping outside the boundaries of patriarchy and being able to be the bread winners too.

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  • Little Clay Houses

    Little Clay Houses

    $275$550

    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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  • 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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  • The Blue Bay

    The Blue Bay

    $1,325$1,475

    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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  • Urban Directionality

    Urban Directionality

    $1,550$1,775

    Here we have an image of a busy, crowded street with people walking on the side of the road, along the paved pathway, rushing to get somewhere. This creation reminds of the accelerated pace and the rush of the everyday modern life. The Creator has managed to brilliantly capture this moment on canvas for the purpose of reminding the viewer that sometimes we need to slow down and take a breath in this fast-paced life.

    A message of poignancy and clarity that has been perfectly put across by the Creator. The use of colors sets the tone of the piece. The blueish-gray hues tell the viewer that urban living isn’t as glamourous or appealing as it seems to be. There are important moments that we miss out on when we rush through life.

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  • Rural Life

    Rural Life

    $1,325$1,475

    In this painting, the creator is inspired by the scene of a rural life in the countryside. The bull and the cart are rooted in the country’s past and present as a confidante of both noble and commoner. As the sole mode of road transport for Sri Lankans not so long ago, the bullock cart not only aided in transportation for the villagers, but also in relieving the burdens of their livelihoods.

    The artist recreates colors he has seen at the scene. This creation takes you down memory lane, to the simplicity of country living and the times of yesteryear, where the pace of life was slow and charming. It’s a revisit to the past or better yet a hope for the future.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Urban Directionality

    Urban Directionality

    $275$675

    Here we have an image of a busy, crowded street with people walking on the side of the road, along the paved pathway, rushing to get somewhere. This creation reminds of the accelerated pace and the rush of the everyday modern life. The Creator has managed to brilliantly capture this moment on canvas for the purpose of reminding the viewer that sometimes we need to slow down and take a breath in this fast-paced life.

    A message of poignancy and clarity that has been perfectly put across by the Creator. The use of colors sets the tone of the piece. The blueish-gray hues tell the viewer that urban living isn’t as glamorous or appealing as it seems to be. There are important moments that we miss out on when we rush through life.

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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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  • 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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  • Untouched Hideaway

    Untouched Hideaway

    $1,550$1,775

    The Creator of this wonderful work of art uses earthy tones to blend this small, quaint village into its lush, green woodland surroundings. The texture of the soft and gentle brush strokes creates a light, airy atmosphere, as if a dream were being brought to life on a canvas.

    The Creator has so brilliantly portrayed a life untouched and so blissfully unaware of a chaotic city life. A little universe of its own. This creation would really open up a living space. It’s simple, it brings light to a space and would make for a lovely addition above a fireplace mantel.

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