• Friday, April 25, 2014

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Art Exhibition

A collection of classics

A collection of classics

Saju Art Gallery in Gulshan is now touching 40 years of promoting contemporary Bangladeshi art. It is a flagship enterprise within the fraternity, having witnessed the evolution and growth of art in the country. Established in 1974 by Ramij Ahmed Chowdhury Saju, the gallery was intimately acquainted with the artists of the first...

Rafi's personal and social observations through art

Rafi's personal and social observations through art

The Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago has organised an art exhibition featuring the works of Bangladeshi artist Rafi Haque at Foster Hall on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus. Titled “Journal of an Artist”, the exhibition was inaugurated on April 4, and runs till May 23.  Born in Kushtia, Bangladesh in 1965, Rafi is a reputed visual artist. In the current show, the artist presents several selected works of printmaking. He often works with journals that deal in both the written and the visual. “Rafi's journals have a mix of collages, doodles, written texts. Besides creating wonderful visual impact, these long-kept diaries document his own life...

Clarion call to return to Nature

Clarion call to return to Nature

Samar Mojumder, never ceases to wonder at the beauty of the country side, although he is a long time resident of Dhaka. His oils and acrylics can be seen at the Dhaka Art Centre, at Dhanmondi Rd 7/A. Although he works at Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), as a designer, he makes a living as a creative artist in a big way. Like Nietzsche, Walt Whitman, Thoreau and Frost, to him contentment and joy remains in going back to the soil of the country. Having learnt art under Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, and sharing a hostel with senior artists, he had a love of art from the outset. Even...

Immersion in pure abstraction

Immersion in pure abstraction

Najma Akhter embarked on her voyage from Oriental to abstract art around the beginning of the current century. As a student of the Oriental Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, she was immersed in portraying human relationships and nature. Eventually the painter realised that the rigours of Oriental art were not suitable for her modernistic sensibilities. She then entered into in a new orbit of lines, colours, forms and texture when she found a dominant facet in art, which is distinctive, imaginative and cerebral. To art lovers, her works appear as pieces of cloud where she cultivates her pain, yearning, happiness and desire.  Najma's current solo exhibition titled “Fragments...

Bangladeshi and Indian painters' exhibition in Kolkata

Bangladeshi and Indian painters' exhibition in Kolkata

Under the title “The Bridge Across”, Bengal Foundation, the Deputy High-Commission of Bangladesh in Kolkata and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) have jointly organised a group art exhibition, featuring the works of several Bangladeshi and Indian painters. The exhibition is now on at the Rabindranath Tagore Centre in Kolkata. Prominent Indian artist Jogen...

Splendours of Oriental Art

Splendours of Oriental Art

A weeklong group Oriental Art exhibition, titled “Sadanga”, featuring watercolours of six promising artists is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka. Dean of FFA Professor Abul Barq Alvi, inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest on February 22. Associate Professor of the Department of Printmaking, Anisuzzaman Anis and Assistant Professor of the Department of Oriental Art, Artist Malay Bala were present as special guests at the opening.   The participating painters -- Mustakina Tarin, Mohosin Kabir, Iskandar Mirza, Irin Sultana Liza, Nahida Akter Nisha and Tanjima Tabassum Easha -- (MFA students at the Department of Oriental Art) are exhibiting their 33 of their watercolours. The artworks...

Highlighting diverse themes

Highlighting diverse themes

The city is now in a festive mood as the second edition of Dhaka Art Summit is going on. Gallery Chitrak, one of the significant galleries of the capital and the gallery represents five contemporary painters -- Abdus Shakoor Shah, Mohammad Muniruzzaman, Ahmed Nazir, Md. Zahir and promising sculptor Tejosh Halder Josh. The...

The rivers of Bangladesh as subject

The rivers of Bangladesh as subject

Bangladesh is a country of flowing rivers, with narrow bands of streams and rivulets. British Council and HSBC recently joined hands to organise an art exhibition based on the theme of rivers and rivulets of Bangladesh. The exhibition at the Dhaka Art Centre ended yesterday.  Children from Sylhet, Bangladesh and the UK were the young artists. Through their works one got to see the mysteries of the rivers. One child depicted rectangles and squares with praying men, bent coconut trees and camels. Along with these were soldiers belonging to ancient times. The work was mainly in vermillion and sap green, along with yellow and white. Another young painter depicted 100 years of...

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