Depart, an art magazine, has organised its first solo painting exhibition titled “Dereal”, featuring the works of self-taught artist Bahram. The exhibition is now on at Dhaka Art Centre, Dhanmondi in the city.
The painter was born in Dhaka in 1950. At the beginning pencil sketches created from Bahram's personal imagination became his only way of expression. Young Bahram soon found out the benefits of such artistic ability, as when the time came at the age of 15 to help his family, he started doing rickshaw painting, which used to be referred to as rickshaw board painting by artists working in this discipline. Soon his sharpness began to attract new expertise, and Bahram started working on what once used to be known as baby taxis, and as time progressed, along came a maturity which gave him freedom to explore all kinds of commercial avenues which were available to artists of his type. Today, his work experience includes hoardings, sign-board and banner paintings as well as backdrop scenery painting for photo studios.
Unfortunately, around the early 1990s, when the market began to opt for digitally produced pictures for rickshaws and cinema banners, artists working in these fields were left behind.. Gradually, Bahram drifted into an entirely new ground, he started working for a sari factory making patterns and designs for saris, only later to have made some development in truck painting in recent times.
The artist has demonstrated an individualised way of responding to modern reality. The painter is currently producing blended images encompassing human and varied animal forms although some traits from his past experience as a rickshaw painter have certainly passed through his current practice. His efforts in the last three years show him as an independent artist with a vision. The way the imaginary merges with the recognisable elements in his work also produces a counterpoint to mainstream art.
The exhibition will continue till January 22.