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12:00 AM, August 11, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 11, 2017

The diverse aspects of artist GULSHAN HOSSAIN

Gulshan Hossain is a national and international award-winning painter and installation artist based in Dhaka. Her works have been exhibited widely and find a place in the collection of national and international galleries.

 Gulshan's paintings are largely influenced by the early 20th century art movement of Post-Impressionism merged with the ideologies expressed in the Postmodernism movement. Her earlier works were significantly inspired by her mentor Aminul Islam. Her canvases and installations range from landscape, history, human emotions to ecological and socio-political issues.

 Gulshan's techniques, colour and texture gave her the means to explore ideas, memories, observations and imaginations in her painting and printmaking. In her work, colour is both the subject and the means; the form and the content. She tries to portray her images with fast moving fluidity of drawing and softness, coming from the watery medium itself. She also experiments in printmaking, which allows her to experiment with different materials and lets her explore different ways of inking the plate. Gulshan has been working with collagraphs, monoprints, solar plate etchings and silkscreen.

 The artist has recently participated in a group exhibition at Rogue Space, Chelsea. The Bangladesh Consulate General in New York in association with Gallery 21 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and The New York Art Connection, hosted the exhibition where Bangladeshi women artists took part.

Gulshan's next solo art exhibition will be held at Kuwait in November. Kuwait Art Council is organising the exhibition. The artist  hopes to represent Bangladesh through her paintings. She participated in an International Painting Symposium in Normandy, France in 2010. She was among the 25 artists selected for the symposium where her work was sold at the highest auction.

 “It was an amazing experience to take part in the symposium where we worked instantly with the recycling materials. During my stay at the University of Southampton, UK, I learned how to make a canvas. I made my own canvas and worked on it. Later, at the gala night of the symposium, the artists's paintings were on auction and my work was auctioned at the highest price,” shared Gulshan Hossain.

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