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Hiranya R

Hometown: Brisbane

Based in: Queensland, Australia

Hiranya is a Sri Lankan born-Australian classical figurative artist based in Queensland, Australia.

She exclusively produces works derived from memories and experiences
through various reflexions of today’s social, cultural and economic ambience.
Bold colours and symbolism are a focus point.

She is currently working on two series, a Summer-floral themed series and another called 'Tea Room' which is a personal fascination.
Summer-floral theme is titled "FLORA'S SECRET" where the artist is breaking all the boundaries of colour and patterns with lots of details around the female identity.
"TEA ROOM" series on the other hand stays within stripe patterns on the subject's outfit, starting from simpler-minimal story to sophisticated tales with her personal favourites; colourful tea cups and tea pots, and all other details come with it.

Each work takes its own significant time to finish based on the amount of details going in.
The beauty of every aspect and little details of each work is extremely important to the artist.
Hence they are carefully realised.


Hiranya R In The Studio

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More About Hiranya R

Question IconWhat inspires you?

I mainly produce figurative works derived from memories and experience. My artistic expressions and techniques cerebrate my South Asian cultural heritage enriched by the traditional works of local masters and the studies of classical Indo-Aryan painting styles.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

I usually create a mood board with thumbnails with my ideas and stories. Then a sketch on paper and go directly onto the canvas. I let the painting take over as it progresses and I often finish it quite different to my original sketch and colour palette. If I let intuition takes over, I almost always end up with very satisfactory results.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Colourful, story telling and rhythemic movements

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Solias Mendis ( A renowned South Asian Painter), Paul Gauguin, Remedios Varo and Leonor Fini

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

My vision in the story

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Straighten up your spine and call yourself an "Artist". Do not ever doubt yourself, not even for a second.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Fashion shows ( After all I am professionally trained in the industry and have almost 18 years of service experience). There is something about fashion shows. I am able to create my own visions for my work while watching the colours and designs.



RMIT Univeristy

Australia, 2012


John Villiers outback Art prize



Forever Summer

Australia, 2022

Sense of Place

Australia, 2021