12:00 AM, October 14, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 14, 2012

Ashraful Hasan and his canvas: Capturing uncertain times

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Staff Correspondent

L-R: Agony, Frustrated Tree-1

Galleri Kaya in Uttara has organised a solo art exhibition titled “Trauma and Time”, featuring the works of a promising artist Ashraful Hasan. The exhibition focuses on deforestation. The painter mainly highlights the extinction of greenery in our country. He also focuses on the relationship between nature and human being. At the exhibition, most of his paintings are a mingling of trees and human figures. Fragment is another feature in Hasan's works. His previous exhibition was held at the same gallery in 2011.
On the occasion of the exhibition, Galleri Kaya organised a press conference on October 11 at the gallery premises. Artist Hasan, Goutam Chakraborty, director of Galleri Kaya spoke at the programme. Chakraborty said, “The present exhibition deals with an artist's quest of nature and human civilisation. At the current exhibition, his works are more sensitive, refined and stronger.” About 37 artworks are on display at the exhibition. The works include 11 paintings (acrylic and oil), lithographs, etchings and drawings (charcoal and pen). “The present exhibition show the artist's wider dynamism as it includes drawings and lithographs beyond his typical works in acrylics,” added Chakraborty.
Hasan said, “Through the exhibition, I want to explore the hard reality of nature. My paintings also reveal my emotional contacts with nature as I was brought up in pastoral ambiance.” His works also feature the evident clash between Mother Nature and the developing world.
Hasan's mode of expression is considered to be photo realism. In this exhibition, the painter has tried to depict the frustration decaying within the silent nature and also humans, at the same time. The meticulous strokes with perfect shades of colours give a unique effect that gives the paintings a photographic image. Acute observation power and expression make his works more appealing. There is a tendency to create an object and its expressive quality in his paintings. He exhibits highly refined insight in handling his craft. Trees are depicted as a camouflage for human form. Trees are characteristics in Hasan's paintings to communicate his concern for the environment and the impact it has on the urban psyche. In some other works, the environment created seems isolated where barren trees are present as reference to the decay of urban life.
Hasan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from Government Art College, Chittagong. He received Master of Arts in Painting, Department of Fine Arts, Chittagong University.
The exhibition will continue till October 23.

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