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12:00 AM, September 10, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 10, 2011

Soundless nature

Solo art exhibition of Mokhlesur Rahman

Artworks by Mokhlesur Rahman.

Mokhlesur Rahman is a recognised printmaker in the contemporary Bangladeshi art scene. He works with wood, and paints on its fibre. He finds texture hidden in the fibre. The fibre's unevenness encourages him to create something more alluring.
Rahman's solo art exhibition, titled “Soundless Nature” is now on at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmonmdi in the city.
Around 27 prints and 10 oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings are on display at the exhibition. The different compositions depict in great detail, flowers, petals and sepals, lush greenery, mountain caves, mustard fields, moonlit nights, the unique shades nature takes on in the six seasons and the draw of rural Bengal.
Though Rahman is now a city dweller, his childhood memories have never been erased. From time to time, he visits the countryside where he explores himself and his artistic impulses.
The artist said, “I believe our nature bears an exclusive splendour. Each season has an individual charm and lots of colours are visible in the nature. When I want to express myself, I let the world of nature influence me. So, nature is the main element in my works.”
Rahman is a symbolic painter. His forms, textures and motifs have specific clarification. These elements symbolise nature, history and cultural heritage. He is an expert in woodcut print and has been refining his dexterity for many years.
“Moonlit Night” is a work where illusion and intrigue have been symbolised by white, emerald green and black. The painter says, “The splendour of a moonlit night varies from place to place. In rural areas, you will perceive a particular look and you'll see another form of beauty in the hilly and urban areas.”
“Forest Night” depicts a branch of a large tree where many scattered lines are crisscrossed over the canvas. A predominant aspect in the work, where green, black, white and blue are in focus, is a certain sense of gloom. The painter reminiscences: “I'd once worked in Madaripur district. Kumar River was nearby. After finishing work, I used to go down a quiet road. Large trees covered both sides of the path; fireflies and nameless insects flew here and there.”
Mokhles was awarded the Grand Prize at the Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh and honourable prize at the Grand Group Art Exhibition organised by Saju Art Gallery. He has participated at group exhibitions in Japan, Germany, France and India.
The exhibition will continue till September 16.

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