• Sunday, December 21, 2014

Freedom in the air

An assortment of artistic styles

Chitralekha's group exhibition at DAC

Fayza Haq
(From left): artworks by Rajib Roy and Rumana Islam Rupa.
(From left): artworks by Rajib Roy and Rumana Islam Rupa.

The Chitralekha group recently held an interesting weeklong exhibition at the Dhaka Art Centre, featuring works of seven young artists of various styles.
Nazir Hossain is well known for his Pata-chitra. Having started in 1996 at the Ekushey Boi Mela at the Shaheed Minar, Dinajpur, he has had about 19 solo exhibits. His first piece has two tigers bearing a message, with a bird sitting on the tail of one. The backdrop is emerald green while the message is in vermilion and orange. In the next piece, the tiger is seen talking to a boy, with fish and parrots floating in unison at the back. There is also a kite, a house and a tree, all formed on the face of a woman in blue.  His third picture has a baul in white and beige lungi and two boats at the side. There is a bird in the sky and a tiny tiger in one of the boats bearing a Bangladeshi flag. A fourth picture has an artist drawing on an easel with a woman and a tiger at the back. A red flying bird is included in the composition.  
Rajib Roy, who has participated in the 14th Berger Young Art Competition and 2010 Annual Art Exhibition of UODA, has a post-modern concept of art. In his first entrée, we see someone wearing a royal blue sari with many feet before her. Her slippers have red belts. In the backdrop are a house, mango, fish and a rag doll. His second piece has a man sending bullets into space. The painting has a bar of vermilion to the right. Shadows of the man are in gray. There appear to be bars of steel grey and burnt-sienna at the back.
Rumana Islam Rupa's paintings -- such as one of the park with trees, bursting into leaves, a white bench and areas of grass where there is no cement -- is indeed idyllic. Her presentation of houses with part of the building, a sink outside the house and overlapping bushes and trees make the houses appear welcoming. Shades of light fall on the buildings and the adjacent walls. She has won the Best Media Award in the Annual Art Exhibition in the Department of Graphic Design, Faculty of Fine Arts.
Sadequr Rahman and Arup Majumder have added their concept of heritage by painting old temples and buildings. The old building belonging to the Islamic region and is most probably Sonargaon. The work demonstrates the artist's fascination for the past which should be preserved at any cost.
Arup Majumder, who has participated in Young Artist Art Exhibition in 2014 as well as the Birla Art College Annual Exhibition in 2009, presents Mayan culture and the Ramna Batamul. He also has a feminine form with long hair, and endless white and red leaves and stripes on her body.
The other participating artists were Rezowan Pilow and Shuvo Ghosh.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, June 16, 2014

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