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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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  • Twin Twirls

    Twin Twirls


    Be prepared to be captivated by a mesmerizing performance, which will come to life right before your eyes as you make this beautiful creation oozing of traditional charm part of your home or office décor. The talented creator focusses on two seasoned dancers performing together and captures the exact moment they both execute twin twirls at the peak of their dance performance.

    Demonstrating a perfect mastery of coloring techniques, this spellbinding creation perfectly highlights the dancers clad in their traditional attire set against a solid black background while their rhythmic motion appears as real as it could ever be.

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  • Rock Palace

    Rock Palace


    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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  • The Leader Speaks

    The Leader Speaks


    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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  • Culinary Moments

    Culinary Moments


    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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  • Paddy Land

    Paddy Land


    There is nothing more tranquil than the beauty of simple village life; the way in which life goes on in harmony with nature to create an overall self-sufficient lifestyle. Bring the harmony and serenity this beautiful little village holds right into the midst of your living space as you make this wonderful creation based on the theme of a paddy land part of your decor.

    The creator carefully chooses his color palette to match to near perfection the exact appearance of this peaceful setting, allowing the viewer to enjoy a real life experience as though they found the perfect viewpoint to watch over the village from nearby.

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  • Singleness of Thought

    Singleness of Thought


    A wonderful depiction of the act that produces a posture of meditation – the singleness of mind and body. This painting blends a realistic scenery with an abstract angle that provides a contrast between reality and teaching, as the peacefulness and concentration of a Buddhist monk is likened unto his inspiration.

    The creator has perfectly sketched and hued the surface of the rock and the center piece statue in displaying a stunningly realistic image that produces a fitting backdrop to the lowliness of the Buddhist monk strategically placed in the corner. The painting provides an ambience of peace and tranquility, whilst defining conviction through imagery.

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  • Foundations of Stone

    Foundations of Stone


    Captured on a beautiful sunny day, this creation highlights the majesty of a valuable heritage site that has stood the test of time. The creator uses perfect blends of color and artistic brush strokes to bring to life this amazing creation which depicts a stone structure that has stood tall for centuries and will continue to stay firm representing a sturdy foundation of a heritage worthy of much admiration.

    Make this inspiring creation part of your home or office space and welcome the pride and energy it brings to its surroundings, reminding you of the importance of building a sturdy foundation no matter what you do.

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  • Lost in Thought

    Lost in Thought


    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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  • Sturdy Stilts

    Sturdy Stilts


    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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  • Shadowy Street

    Shadowy Street


    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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  • Expressive Lines

    Expressive Lines


    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


    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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  • Solitariness



    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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  • Peaceful Respect

    Peaceful Respect


    Perfect peace of mind and the essence of tranquility is captured in color and sketch in this portrait a Buddhist Monk in deep meditation. The dark, deep colored background of what appears to be the heavy foliage of a hidden section of the forest is exquisitely applied against detailed features of the subject.

    The creator skillfully sketched the emotion of the monk and complemented his amber robe over the heavy greenery of the backdrop in bringing out a brightness amidst the darkness. A painting that speaks volumes beyond and exuberates an ambience over the hues and drawing itself.

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  • Family Trip

    Family Trip


    An amazing sight in the wild, caught by the eye of an artist and beautifully recreated on canvas. This portrayal of a small family of elephants journeying across the plains of the wilderness is a wonderful representation of unity and oneness. The carefree stroll to what could mean a new land is given rise due to the security formed in the most nucleus social units in the wild.

    The creator exquisitely sketched and colored the forestry to serve as a stunning backdrop to the family trip. The detail of the animals is perfectly brought through with emotion and the splendor of the wild with an ambiance of serenity and love.

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  • Sultry in Red

    Sultry in Red


    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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  • Majestic Poise

    Majestic Poise


    Allow this beautiful creation to infuse its majestic power right into the heart of your living space as you display this amazing watercolor acrylic titled ‘Majestic Poise’. Oozing with traditional glamour, the talented creator displays his unmatched artistic creativity as he portrays the moment when a magnificent giant accompanied by a troupe of traditional performers stand tall, a moment before they march on with immense pride carrying a valuable and highly venerated relic.

    Enjoy the same sense of pride which the characters of this creation feel and enjoy the beauty of this amazing pageant unveil right before your eyes.

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  • Lonely Prayer

    Lonely Prayer


    A woman sitting by herself in silence serves as the muse for this serene watercolor, acrylic as the creator demonstrates his artistic capabilities to bring out the emotions felt by this lonely damsel. The onlooker’s attention is immediately captured by the enchanting beauty of this damsel and as the viewer continues to reflect upon the creation, they begin to hear the silent prayer, she utters in loneliness while she yearns for her family to return back home safely.

    Make this creation part of your interior décor to remind yourself of your loved ones who eagerly await your safe return back home.

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  • Patriotic Martyr

    Patriotic Martyr


    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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  • Lone Prince

    Lone Prince


    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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