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Nilantha Vidanarachchi

Nilantha Vidanarachchi
Contemporary Artist

Realistic historical portraits and landscapes are the subject of Nilantha Vidanarachchi’s paintings. He seems to have found his life’s purpose through his passion for art, and represents the world through a variety of expressive brush strokes. Through Nilantha’s paintings he has developed a close kinship with the modern world and tradition, and visualises it beautifully and expressively.

His imagination and creativity are made to contend with expressive textures that he creates in his work. These graphically striking textures, characterise his artwork with a sense of physicality and tactility.

Working with a range of mixed media, Nilantha employs dark backgrounds and warm colours to capture the essence of the paintings of the Renaissance period. Although he is deeply inspired by the art of the renaissance period, his paintings are also characterized by contemporary art. His work transforms standard notions of traditional art into a uniquely expressive form, while the colours and stories of his artwork rejuvenises the eye of the viewer to crate visual impact.

Nilantha’s paintings are perfected and crafted by his self-taught knowledge in painting.  The gestural brush-strokes and mark-making leave an impression of tactile emotion in his artwork, while his inner impulses are splashed cross the canvas while it is deeply rooted in culture, tradition and meditation.

He also says that Frans Hals’s and Joseph Zbukvic’s fluid brushwork approach has encouraged the stylization of his portrait artwork, while he is also inspired by the realistic observation of the physical and emotional human state of Caravaggio that incorporates dramatized lighting. Nilantha’s paintings also follow the art style of traditional Sri Lankan Buddhist art in the paintings of the Lankatilaka Vihara.

He feels as if though his inner soul rejoices as he engages himself in painting. This is apparent when his paintings form into a multitude of small facets that reflect a love for art, history and culture. Nilantha Vidanarachchi’s paintings are truly revolutionary!

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  • Solitariness

    Solitariness

    $1,300$1,450

    This compelling portrait portrays a nude male seated and hand resting on his thighs. Depicted in profile the male subject gazes off into the distance. Despite the spontaneous style in which he draws, one can readily grasp that he suggests the paradigm of male beauty with symmetrical proportions, chiseled features and perfectly quaffed hair. His expressive eyes capture the attention of the viewer as you want to admire them. His musculature is highlighted with energetic strokes of subtle tones of browns which suggest skin glisten under the light. This is an excellent work of art which showcases the male form at its finest.

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  • Lost in Thought

    Lost in Thought

    $1,400$1,550

    Before you, is a striking young woman with a rose in her hair. She wears a yellow skirt and a blue top and gold earring. Her body is characterized by warm colors and long full brush strokes and her dress in cool colors and short, dynamic brush strokes which creates a beautiful combination of flow and completing contrast. Creator captures her features immaculately. She is very delicate, pretty and feminine.

    This creation is supported by elegant texture which adds dimension to the painting balances its colors and creates beautiful opposition on the canvas. This is an elegant, beautiful portrait of a delicate feminine figure. Originality at its prime.

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  • Shadowy Street

    Shadowy Street

    $1,100$1,225

    While buildings, vehicles and faint figures seem to be the immediate attraction of this beautiful work of art, this charming image offers a unique perspective, directing the viewer’s attention towards the not so prominent shadows seen scattered throughout the scene. It is truly amazing how the creator beautifully utilizes the color palette to bring to life this shadowy street showing us how everything casts a shadow, which may be faint at times, but is always visible to the outside world.

    Boasting of vintage charm, this creation is quite alluring, making it a perfect décor option which will invite the viewer to explore its hidden meaning.

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  • Lone Prince

    Lone Prince

    $900$1,000

    A lone leopard takes a casual stroll across the wilderness along rusty green lake. This wonderful portrait of nature captures the animal’s expression as he notices his reflection in the water that features a rocky and rough surface as it mirrors its habitat. The skillful use of color in the detail of the background perfectly highlights the leopard’s magnificence as though a prince inspecting his garden.

    The creator exquisitely sketched the detail of the leopard and his coating in a stunning array of color and realistic shading, bringing this beautiful animal and his amazing environment to life through the canvas.

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  • Rock Palace

    Rock Palace

    $850$950

    An iconic monument that has baffled many over the centuries is the world famous Rock Palace of Sri Lanka – famously known as Sigiriya or Lion Rock. A unique part of Sri Lankan culture and heritage, there are plenty of reasons why this mesmerizing creation focusing on one of the most amazing views of the site will make a perfect décor option for your home or office space.

    The rippled waters of the peaceful surrounding lake adorned with dainty water lilies sparkling like twinkling stars simply add to the beauty of this amazing man-made wonder standing radiant against the backdrop of a clear blue sky.

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  • Elder of the Temple

    Elder of the Temple

    $1,150$1,275

    A beautiful portrait of a Buddhist monk clads in bright amber robes strolling across the sandy surface of the outer court of a temple. Clearly the elder of the shrine, the monk is sketched in deep detail that shows forth an emotion of satisfaction as he gazes to capture the surrounding environment.

    The creator has used a blotching type brush style to produce a curious design in the foreground and background of the painting giving it an abstract touch. The dark green tree serves as a fitting backdrop highlighting the bright robe of the elderly clergymen and perfectly contrasting over the sandy foreground.

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  • Sultry in Red

    Sultry in Red

    $1,350$1,475

    The human form has been the object of study by artists for centuries. Erotic visualization of the female body is an art. Nudity without showing nudity takes deep understanding of art. This work is an attempt to create such a piece of work on canvas. This resting female figure conveys a feeling of peace and sensuality.

    The creation is simplified of all unnecessary roughness and motifs, leaving only the nudity as the center of attention. The artist tries to achieve it by amplifying the nude with clean colors with no patterns. Blazing red of cloth which contrasts with the brown backdrop creates a powerful visual effect.

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  • Twin Soldiers

    Twin Soldiers

    $1,150$1,275

    For those of you who yearn for the simple pleasures of a rustic lifestyle, this creation would make a perfect statement piece for your home of office décor. As a humble carter steers his way on his prized bullock cart your focus would also shit towards the almost identical sturdy bulls that pull their carriage onwards to their destination.

    As they faithfully continue their long journey along this peaceful pathway, the razor sharp focus seen in their eyes becomes more and more visible to the viewer as though they were a pair of twin soldiers with one goal in mind, that which, was to ensure a safe ride for their master.

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  • Expressive Lines

    Expressive Lines

    $900$1,000

    A moment in life that sparks a chuckle. As seen in this creation, the artist is influenced by the human emotions and expressions of the face. The creator has beautifully captured the innocence of this old man. The map of wrinkles on his face holds the most incredible journey, his eye lines describe of laughter of warm smiles and affection, and forehead reveals us the worries past and worries present.

    The artist reveals a man who had travelled through eight decades to this moment to stand here as an old man beaten and forlorn. To be dismissed as “old” when he is so much more than some of his parts. An exquisite statement piece.

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  • Village Life

    Village Life

    $1,325$1,450

    This pastoral landscape adds a touch of simplicity to your home. In this creator is inspired by the scene of a rural life in the countryside. This exquisite piece of art depicts the beauty and traditional lifestyle of the Sri Lankan village, where the villagers go about their daily lives with the greatest respect for nature. Color is often one of the most exciting components of a painting.

    Beautiful color combination makes this creation unique and alluring. Sky creates a colorful contrast to the desolate and the natural landscape. This artwork portrays the relaxed and peaceful feeling you get when visiting the countryside. This would be a beautiful hanging in your hallway reminding you of your favorite place.

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  • Team Effort

    Team Effort

    $1,150$1,275

    We often take the power of a team for granted and that is why this creation will make a perfect décor option for your home or office to remind you and other viewers of the immense power working together with a team will bring you. Conveyed through a beautiful acrylic of a beachfront on a bright day, the creator captures the moment when a group of fishermen comes together to cast a massive net.

    This creation will definitely create a very relaxing atmosphere as you picture yourself relaxing on this beautiful beach as you watch the team come together to cast their nets with much hope.

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  • Slippery Lane

    Slippery Lane

    $900$1,000

    Following a heavy downpour, city life resumes; children and adults get about their day-to-day activities with their umbrellas in hand while vehicular traffic too gets back to normal. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, one prominent feature that still reminds us of the shower, which subsided is the mud puddles seen here and there, which causes all those who commute along this busy street to be weary of the slippery lane.

    Using a toned down color combo the creator perfectly represents the setting experienced on this gloomy day while he strategically highlights, hints of bright orange in the sky, bringing hope of sunshine to brighten up the rest of the day.

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  • Patriotic Martyr

    Patriotic Martyr

    $8,450$8,750

    The painting depicts a time freeze that took place in 1815 when the British signed a treaty with the Kandyan Kingdom relinquishing them of control and power over the region. As a British soldier brought down the Sri Lankan flag and hoisted the Union Jack, Wariyapola Sri Sumangala is seen setting things right again.

    The creator has skillfully brought out the emotion behind the act of the hero and the onlooking British soldiers. Anger and pride go head-to-head in this beautiful portrait that is rich in color and detail. The canvas is filled with the subjects, leaving little space for obscurity of any part of the painting.

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  • Boulder Garden

    Boulder Garden

    $850$950

    We often admire the beauty of a perfectly landscaped garden created through human intervention, but this amazing creation showcases the wondrous abilities of nature which has been able to gift us with some of the most unique masterpieces. Placed on a rocky bed, the creator focuses his attention on massive boulders placed strategically among lush greenery as though Mother Nature was exploring the depths of landscaping art.

    This creation is both tranquil and successful in bringing nature closer to you, making it a perfect work of art for all you lovers of nature to add to your collection.

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  • Culinary Moments

    Culinary Moments

    $650$750

    A vibrant and colorful still life, this wonderful painting is made up of a rustic bowl with potatoes, garlic and spring onions arranged in a delightful display. These vegetables come in pure, vibrant, rich colors that just naturally bring life to canvas. Such a variety of textures!

    Heavy thick medium of colors on canvas gives the painting a 3D like effect and a more of a natural feel. Limited colors help to simplify this creation. Strong light and dark contrast make the painting very dramatic. Painted in a stylized realism in this work of art is sure to enhance your kitchen or dining room décor.

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  • Regal Bearers

    Regal Bearers

    $1,475$1,625

    An array of elephants poses as royalty fronting the traditional procession of the world renowned Kandyan Perahara in the early evening light. Their bright attire beautifully hued and sketched in rich detail and exquisite sharpness over a darkened backdrop and foreground.

    The creator has applied a wonderful angle to the painting and selected bright color blends to paint the elephants and their mahouts over a dark evening sky that creates the perfect highlight to the colorful spectacle of pride and elegance. The painting exuberates an ambience of power mixed with a sense of culture seeping through its theme and sketch.

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  • Sturdy Stilts

    Sturdy Stilts

    $1,350$1,475

    Stilt fishing is a task which no amateur can handle; it not only takes the very best balancing skills and perfect focus, but also a high level of patience to endure hours of sitting still, perched atop the stilt waiting for a catch.

    As the creator brings to life this moment, which captures the beauty of the sunset and the waves that beat against the shore, it also shows the essentiality of having the most sturdy stilts in place for these hardworking fisherman to endure this arduous task. A truly spellbinding creation, this will make a perfect statement piece for any living space.

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  • Branches of Wisdom

    Branches of Wisdom

    $1,100$1,225

    The creator explores the wonders of monochromatic artistry through this mesmerizing creation that will most certainly bring about a rather nostalgic feeling for all who set their eyes on it. The main highlight of this beautiful creation is a massive tree balancing almost on the edge of the riverbank but has throughout the years managed to successfully spread its branches out wide covering both land and water with its intricate network.

    Through these branches of wisdom, this beautiful wonder of nature tells the story of the wealth of knowledge it has accumulated over the years which perhaps could be even centuries old.

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  • Simple Elegance

    Simple Elegance

    $850$950

    A beautiful lady draped in a traditional attire and decorated with jewelry stands against an abstract background that highlights her pose, as she gazes in pride at the precious bracelet upon her hand. A perfect pose captured in paint with the skillful use of color.

    The creator has used shades of amber and red to create a portrait that is rich in detail and design. The smudged background could represent a wall of a rural dwelling, thus bringing to life an emotion in the girl that speaks out over her humble habitat due to the elegance of her costume and décor.

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  • The Leader Speaks

    The Leader Speaks

    $1,600$1,825

    This stunning creation is a perfect way to add a splash of color to your home or office space as it brings to life the fluidity and vibrance of a beautiful Koi pond. Due to its alluring nature the viewer will be gradually invited to take a closer look as to what is going on, which will reveal how the shoal of fish turn to their leader as though he was addressing his followers.

    Be a part of this animated setting as you envision yourself in the shade of a lily pad surrounded by blooming water lilies listening to the words of wisdom this leader speaks.

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