Nature and nostalgia on Gulshan’s canvas | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, November 07, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, November 07, 2009


Nature and nostalgia on Gulshan’s canvas

Clockwise (from top left) Reminiscences-3, Archaeological Report of Romeo and Juliet-2 and Composition in Red by Gulshan Hossain.

Nature, nostalgia and the Liberation War are the prime themes in the current exhibition of artist Gulshan Hossain's works. The painter likes to mainly portray nature and its mysterious aspects, and most of her works are form and colour-based. Figures are also noticeable in some compositions.
The current solo painting exhibition, titled "Colours of Nature, Rhythm of Life", is now on at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi.
Gulshan mostly wants to grasp the six seasons and their characteristics in her works. She has always been enthralled by nature and its varied changes. She believes that each season has its own language, which is closely connected with the human mind and soul.
Blue is predominant in her nature-based works. The colour gives her a place for thinking and represents a journey through a contemplative world. Subdued and vibrant, both colours are visible in her paintings.
Gulshan's "Memory 1971" is a series on the Liberation War. This is a significant chapter in the history of Bangladesh. Thirty lakh people dedicated their lives, hopes and dreams to the formation of their motherland. The struggle for emancipation and brutality of the war has been articulated with a deep sadness in Gulshan's works.
"From Unknown Planet" is another series where the painter wants to focus on a mystifying episode. Her personal thought process is the main focus in the series. She has portrayed some visages in a contemplative mood. Expression is the foremost trait in the series. The canvas looks texturally thick and multifarious.
"Reminiscence" is a series where Gulshan focused on old architecture. Old constructions and subdued colours are obvious in the series. Red and black makes for a nostalgic touch in the works.
The exhibition also displays several kinds of prints -- mono, photo etchings and collographs. The artist intends to experiment with the medium. The prints mainly focus on the Liberation War. The works look more realistic and the approach is simple and technically average.
The exhibition ends on November 10.

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