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12:00 AM, December 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 14, 2018

Winning with Art turns the spotlight on women

A group art exhibition titled, 'Winning with Art', is currently taking place at Radius Centre Bay's Galleria. Comprised of three exhibiting artists, all of whom are recent or soon-to-be graduates from Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, the exhibition turns the spotlight on women. Curator of the show Nabila Rahman said that with every exhibition, she seeks to provide a platform for emerging artists while also ensuring high quality content. 

Even though she wanted a diverse body of work to be displayed, Rahman knew that there had to be an underlying thread that tied all the artists' work together. With regards to the continuing struggles that women face in the world as well as the many experiences that being a woman entails, the show is an appropriate fit with the current body of work by Azizee Fawmi, Prosun Halder and Farhana Yasmin.

Farhana Yasmin exhibits a series of paintings in oil on canvas titled, Evanescence. All paintings are portraits of women which highlight Farhana's level of skill and convince the viewers of her comfort zone in the oil medium. She further manages to keep things interesting by incorporating text-like scribbles at the top of her paintings, only made noticeable upon close observation. Her colour palette consists of warm, earthy tones and her style speaks of an age that is far from the deviations seen in modern-day art.

Azizee Fawmi has a series of six paintings titled, Impression. She makes use of acrylic paints to create high contrast, textured black and white portraits of women. She plays around with the paints and adds her own stylistic touch by incorporating rickshaw art florals in translucent paint to decorate the faces of the women in her works. Fawmi says that she sees the use of the design motif as a celebration of a woman's beauty and strength, while also keeping in mind the degree to which rickshaws are ingrained in everyday life.

Prosun Halder exhibits five paintings from his series titled,  Life, all of which have a striking quality. He makes use of conventionally painted backgrounds juxtaposed with portraits of women (or in one case, a deer-headed girl surrounded by wild animals) painted in an almost cartoonish manner using line art.

The exhibition is open till December 31 from 10 am to 6 pm daily.

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