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Wasantha Ranjan

Wasantha Ranjan
Contemporary Artist

Wasantha Ranjan combines Sri Lankan life and phenomena to produce a unique style that is faithful to his roots. This style is executed with such beauty that radiates a profound feeling among all Sri Lankans. Wasantha’s paintings are drenched with the richness and picturesque images of local beauty and its culture.

The artist represents Sri Lanka through a large kaleidoscope that appreciates the vibrant beauty of the sunny island. Through his paintings he has developed a close kinship with natural phenomena, and visualizes it beautifully and expressively.

Working with acrylics, oil paints, pastels, pencils and photography, Wasantha employs a very limited color palette with a variety of colors that compliment and brighten his paintings to capture the essence of his world. He adds vibrancy to mundane Sri Lankan phenomena and enhances them with his sharp eye for manipulating proportion and scale, and abstracting it.

Wasantha’s paintings began as a hobby when he was a child, and throughout the years he has perfected his skills with the knowledge and learning experiences as a professional artist. The meticulousness of his paintings adds a sense of reality to such divine phenomena to connotate nature’s vibrancy and timelessness.

To Wasantha, art is all about creating new experiences. He firmly believes that it is a subject interpreted in various ways. The fluidity of the brush-strokes in his landscape paintings and portraits, leave an emotional impression that is truly heartwarming.

His inner impulses are splashed across the canvas in an improvisatory manner, while simple compositions with large areas of color intend to produce a contemplative and a meditational response in the viewer.

Wasantha Ranjan is a self-taught and explorative artist who gathers inspiration from exploring a variety of artists, styles and techniques. His artistic approach intertwines utopic expectations and reality through his unnerving juxtapositions. Inspired by the great Sri Lankan artist Jayasiri Semage he has trained his imagination to also root for an abstract aspect of everyday life and people.

He also says that George Keyt’s cubistic approach and rich colors have encouraged the stylization and distortion of real-life phenomena into geometric forms in his abstract paintings. Some of Wasantha’s paintings do not copy nature precisely, but is modelled through abstract techniques of perspective, space and contrasting vantage points.

Although a painter who has learnt the anatomy of objects, he breaks the rules to dissect form into a multitude of small facets in some of his paintings. His love for typically Sri Lankan phenomena reflects a sense of patriarchy and a love for nature. His paintings are truly artistically revolutionary!

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  • Ball of Lightning

    Ball of Lightning


    Through this fascinating work of art the creator brings to life a mesmerizing natural phenomenon involving the formation of a ball of lightning in the atmosphere. The creation does justice to this natural occurrence as it mimics the exact levels of electrifying nature, luminosity and sublime brightness as the ball of lightning crashes down from the sky to the floor of the earth.

    Enjoy how this creation will spread its brilliance to the surrounding and as it captures the attention of the onlooker, it will begin to spread its incandescent glow to the surroundings as well.

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  • Bon Voyage

    Bon Voyage


    The long strokes of gradient filled colors stitched together to form the ship. It is as though the Creator of this painting, painstakingly added intricate, delicate weaving and embroidery to make this painting the masterpiece that it is. It has been fragmented yet whole.

    A beautiful yet haunting and obscure depiction of a ship, a vessel that usually signifies a journey or safe voyage. As a whole, it also looks like a torn piece of, distressed paper. A Kandinsky-esque quality to the creation. The fluidity and consistent have a legato rhythm to the flow of the brush strokes. A painting within a painting.

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  • Dancing Queen

    Dancing Queen


    Dance is the narration of a magical story, that recites on the lips, illuminates imagination and embraces the most sacred depths of souls.
    Before you, is a graceful ‘Bharatha Natyam’ dancer in a dynamic, elegant dancing position. She is very elegant and feminine. Take your time and drown into this smooth body language of hers. Her body is charmingly characterized by using bluish grey hues and intricate brush strokes.

    This is a splendid painting of a delicate, feminine figure in a classical Indian dance act. This beautiful creation has all the perfect qualities for the making of elegant living.


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  • Swan Lake in the City

    Swan Lake in the City


    This amazing abstract creation is inspired by the setting of a natural lake bordering a busy city and depicts the calm nature of a beautiful swan swimming in its natural habitat while the hustle and bustle of the city go on in the background. The creation also draws the viewer’s attention to how the clouds of pollution gradually begin to erode the innocence of nature which is trying to maintain a stronghold for the benefit of life.

    Include this inspiring creation as part of your home or office décor and demonstrate the powerful message it portrays.

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  • Perfect synchronization

    Perfect synchronization


    ‘Perfect synchronization’ is a beautiful handmade creation depicting two majestic cranes flying side by side amongst the clouds to their next destination and showcases the perfect synchronicity they display as they glide through the vast blue sky. The creator has taken much care to show how both birds fly parallel to each other and match each other’s movement with near perfection and at the same time draws attention to the beauty of the clouds in the sky seen in the background.

    As you gaze upon this creation, you will be able to imagine this amazing moment of perfect harmony.

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  • Musical Binds

    Musical Binds


    Musical binds is a rare work of art where the creator attempts to bring to life an auditory perception in the form of visual cues, as depicted in this beautiful watercolor acrylic. The creation takes on a layered appearance through which the creator skillfully portrays the face of the listener engulfed by a captivating tune.

    The bright color combination used in this creation makes it a very pleasing décor option suitable for your home or office space and will invite the onlooker to be engulfed by the sweet yet imaginative tune which binds the muse of this creation.


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  • Master of Routine

    Master of Routine


    The artist has captured in mono-hued skill, the master of the Kandyan dance tradition. This ancient tradition of dance, performed only with percussion, allows the drummer to weave and command the routine of dance.

    The artist echoes the notion that although not the central performer of the tradition, the drummer is significant to the ensemble. The yellow toned highlights illuminate the portrait in a striking manner. Painted in broad knife strokes in lighter tones and complemented with the darker tones used as strokes of definition, this portrayal is ideal for a space seeking to make a strong assertion.

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  • Rushes Sway

    Rushes Sway


    Three bulrushes sway in the gentle air against an illuminating green backdrop. This painting is a blend of the reality of the beauty of nature converted into a pattern against a background applied with an abstract color. The bright orange bulrushes and accompanying dark green leaves offer an eye-catching foreground that is highlighted by the unusual color of the sky its set against. Both dark and light hues complimenting each other in a perfect mix.

    The creator has used neat brush strokes to colorize the detail of the flora as well as the expanse behind it in producing a bright cheerful ambience through this exquisite work of art.

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  • Trio of Vessels

    Trio of Vessels


    Through the ‘Three Water Jugs’ the creator perfectly demonstrates his mastery of the still life painting technique and uses this artistic style to depict three inanimate objects, in this instance, being three water jugs.

    The creation which focuses mainly on these three objects is brought to life using shades of brown featuring prominent outlines to separate the objects from one another while perfectly indicating the direction of light illustrated by the darkening of the opposite side of the objects. Due to its high artistic value, this creation will be a perfect statement piece to add to your collection of art.

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  • Tropical Bay

    Tropical Bay


    A natural bay is painted in deep detail using realistic colors to perfectly resemble its awe and beauty. The angle of the sandy curve that produces the bay is exquisitely positioned to draw in the viewer and determine the focus on the lone finishing catamaran birthed on the shore.

    The creator has blended green and earthen colors to produce a picture that creates a peaceful and serene ambience through its beautiful depiction of a natural scenery. The skillful sketching and coloring of a heavenly blue sky and the sea green ocean adds to the splendor of this natural wonder on canvas.

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  • Glimmer of Hope

    Glimmer of Hope


    Here the artist creates a beautiful image of a traditional Kandyan drummer. The drummer is dressed in his traditional colorful costume copious sarong, breast plate, white turban and broad waist band. This distinctive style of drumming subsequently spread from the temple into the cultural mainstream. They can be seen in numerous ceremonies and celebrations across the island, ranging from festivals to weddings.

    Vibrant, bold colors make a strong impression and enhances the beauty of the creation and it helps to express emotions and arouse feelings of the viewer. Colorful addition to any living space.


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  • Path on Water

    Path on Water


    Appearing as a line of stepping stones, this beautiful acrylic is capable of tricking one’s eyes at a glance. The creator demonstrates his unmatched artistic talents as he blends shades of green, blue and yellow to recreate a peaceful setting of a natural lake with its surface decorated by delicate purple water lilies and lily pads which are arranged as though they serve as stepping stones creating a pathway to walk on water.

    Make this creation part of your home or office if you would like to bring the calming nature of the water element into your living space or simply use it as a décor option to captivate your audience.

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  • Gateway in the Forest

    Gateway in the Forest


    A serene waterfall spills through a mystical gate that is surrounded by thick foliage of trees and branches. The gate itself cannot be seen as its hidden behind the waterfall itself, but it seems to be an opening to another dimension will disguised within the forestry.

    The deep colors and silky brush strokes used by the creator in this exquisite painting give a sense of mystery and awe that protrudes through the canvas. The light green shine over the lake that blackens out toward the edges is skillfully crafted to perfectly accomplice the ambience and theme of this magical scene.

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  • Born to be Wild

    Born to be Wild


    This piece of art celebrates the horse in all its glory. The beauty and the majesty of the horse is caught by the artist in a creative and unique style. Every curve of a horse is elegant. Their emotions are inferred and they rarely make an awkward movement, their eyes give a sense of their character.

    In this creation artist has kept things simple by using neutral color shades of browns which evokes the sense of strength, elegance and stability. Horses have been the inspiration for hundreds of works of art over the centuries. Horses lend us the wings we lack.


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  • The Bouquet

    The Bouquet


    A beautiful bouquet of orange flowers are bunched together against a dark background in a mystical yet enchanting array. The outlining of the brush strokes and the white splatter over the featured flora give an abstract touch to this exquisite creation of creativity, that could be regarded as a bouquet inside a white vase.

    The creator has skillfully blended dark and light colors in an unusual sketch that is a mutation of a natural portrait and a design that teases the mind. The art brings forth a tranquil and cooling ambience that is felt in the atmosphere that hosts it.

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  • Romance in the Dark

    Romance in the Dark


    A trio of budding red roses set against a thick black background highlights his splendor and sensuality that nature produces through flora that encapsulate he essence of romance. The deep black backdrop is the perfect complement to the red foliage that is adequately accompanied by the lush greenery of its leaves, thereby drawing the focus to the floral centerpiece.

    The creator has used a simple sketch whist applying bright reddish and pink hues for a detailed specimen of nature that signifies all that is about love, over an unnatural dark surroundings to create an ambience of romance in the dark.

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