Parveen Zaman Shammu is an introspective painter who depicts her artworks from her own memories and personal experiences. Loneliness, twilight, death, decay and hope are some of the many themes in her works, depicted in an impressionistic way. Vibrant hues coupled with the connotation of figurative expressions, playfully appear in her works. Eminent artist Mustafa Monwar inaugurated her solo exhibition, Antobihin Poth, on April 19. Litterateur Anisul Hoque and art critic Moinuddin Khaled attended the inaugural event as special guests.
One of her paintings on display at the event showcase a resting ferry boat and a colourful sky. In it, the boat epitomises a living being, with which the sky shares its private tales.
Several hazy figures appear and disappear in many of Shammu’s paintings. This happening conspicuously suggests the bitter truth that at the end of the day, human beings are all alone. Shammu’s depiction of figures apparently searches for someone who is lost, yet the hope of finding them remains alive. Her paintings are greatly inspired by Jibanananda Das’ poems. The artist, due to carrying out the responsibilities in a joint family, was out of art practice for years. From the last several years, she is now back on track getting inspired by her daughter Dr Bhushan. The painter has also portrayed a painting titled My Daughter’s Dream that delineates a quiet jhum house on the lap of hills.
Death is the theme of another painting portrayed in blue hues by the artist. Death does not come alone. One embraces physical death indeed, but the death actually shatters the entire family. It also makes others allegorically die in other ways.
The show, featuring over 60 paintings, will conclude on April 29.