Gallery Jolrong in Niketan, Dhaka has organised an art exhibition featuring the works of Nikhil Chandra Das. The exhibition, titled “Abohoman Bangla”, was inaugurated on May 4. Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh, Shiro Sadoshima; artists Sukumar Pal, Tarun Ghosh; and art writer Shawon Akhand were present as guests at the opening programme.
Nikhil lives and works in Narail. In his childhood, he came in contact with master artist S.M. Sultan. Nikhil received his bachelor’s degree from the Institute of Fine Arts (now Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) during the 1980s. His father was a folk researcher and his mother was an artist.
Nikhil is mainly a figurative painter. Female forms, snakes, fish, fishermen, greenery and various facets of nature are depicted in his works. Nikhil uses different mediums like acrylic, woodcarving and tapestry. His works employ bright colours to denote the rural beauty and its denizens. Birds, fish and flowers have been featured on a large scale in his paintings.
Blue, emerald, crimson and olive are the most noticeable shades in his works. The themes of his paintings emerge from his village life, and he depends on different motifs in forming the narratives.
Nikhil says, “Majority of the people of Bangladesh belong to an agrarian social system. Their artistic pursuits and culture are also related to agriculture. A rural artist creates art with whatever is available at hand. Many of these artists have no formal education in art. The themes of my paintings highlight these rural artists and their artistic styles.”
The paintings that are on display at this exhibition were done at the Jolrong studio under a project organised by Gallery Jolrong, in February this year.
The exhibition will continue till May 19.