“Wait” by Sabira Sultana.
Artists like Abul Barq Alvi, Biren Shome, Alokesh Ghosh and Syed Iqbal were prominent guests at the gardens of Dhaka Art Centre on May 2, the venue for a group art exhibition that runs till May 8. Among the works on display was “Wait” by Sabira Sultana, a teacher at the Junior Laboratory School. The painting displayed multicoloured snails. Humayun Kabir's “Innerburn Form” is a print with a large crescent moon on one side and an aeroplane on another. There are innumerable stars in the sky and two plant-like creatures, whose heads seem to meet in the centre. The thick fleshy leaves that support the plants have designs of dots and checks. Humayun's form remains mystifying and intriguing. Satya Ranjan Baruri”s “Woman's Face”, reveals a woman's angry face in burnt sienna, along with many facets. There is a portrait of Suchitra Sen, with her inimitable smile and her hair adorned with white flowers. She wears a white necklace. The work is by Dr. Gobinda Roy and evokes much curiosity.
The beauty of Bangladeshi fields and farmers, the backbone of the economy, is clear in the work of Samir Kumar Bairage. He has brought in the magic of Jibanananda Das in the dark green and burnt umber of Michael Madhushudan Dutt, which artists of his era like SM Sultan put into the heart and mind of his students, never to be forgotten. SM Sultan made his fishermen and farmers, along with their cows -- larger than life, for he wanted to stress on the strength of the simple farm hands and fishermen, who were the lifeline of their county.
Mintu Dey's “Childhood” resonates with passionate strokes. It is apparent that his childhood days spelt fun and frolic under the clear sky and with endless escapades near the ponds and fruit trees.
Uttam Mitra's “Dreamy Girl” is bedecked in a head dress of pink, white and yellow flowers. Flowers and foliage are against the backdrop and the large-eyed beauty has yellow flowers, butterflies and birds for company. Palashuddin Khalifa has undertaken a conventional portrait of “Bangabandhu”. The leader of the nation is seen in his typical panjabi and black sleeveless coat, talking passionately to the people.
The peasant in Shaymal Biswas' “Untitiled” is a typical local farmer or fisherman with a “gamchha” on his head, an egret white beard and fine, feathery moustache. A lecturer in the Dhaka Art College, Tapan Kumer Halder has an owl as his subject. He has painted the bird in gold on black.