The ongoing group art exhibition of Radius Art Gallery is praiseworthy for its selection of works. Through the exhibits of a number of major contemporary painters' one can easily comprehend the current trends of Bangladeshi art. The painters have used varied styles and approaches. It is true that our painters have a great fascination with both pure abstraction and pure realism. However, it was evident that most of the painters failed to get a perspective of social injustice, political volatility and other contemporary issues. Themes could have been more connected with society, where one can get easily locate the social realities. It is commonly said “Art is the mirror of the society”, and art assists common people to be more conscious about his society and its varied aspects. But the current exhibition is far from that.
Titled “Masters of Bangladesh Art 2011”, the exhibition features the works of three generations of Bangladeshi artists. The participating artists include Qayyum Chowdhury, Murtaja Baseer, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Monirul Islam, Mahmudul Haque, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Mohammad Eunus, Ranjit Das, Mostafizul Haque, Sheikh Afzal Hossain, Md. Muniruzzaman, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Mohammad Iqbal, Anisuzzaman, Tarikat Islam and others.
One of the paintings by Murtaja Baseer is taken from his remarkable series, “The Wings”. He started working on the series in 1998. At the exhibition, his “The Wing-98”depicts butterfly wings. He focuses on the outlines of the wings and its vivid colours. The use of colour, particularly white and red creates a soothing space in the work.
Samajit Roy Chowdhury tends to incorporate many objects which can be easily found in a rural setting. The work on display is no different. The painter still remembers his childhood days and asserts his fascination with pastoral Bangla. His “Fishing boat and two birds” has crisscrossing scribbles and curves. The colours used are blue, red, black, yellow and emerald green. Chowdhury's recurring motifs are birds, kites, leaves, wild flowers, boats, plants and fish.
Monirul Islam's “Silence” is a mixed media, demonstrating lines and unconventional forms. A setting sun is seen at the work, giving the experience of realistic imagery at the upper part of the work. Islam has worked with sharp lines, doodles and geometric forms, and a lot of symbols -- transforming expressions.
One of Ranjit Das' paintings at the exhibition is titled “Image & Reflection”, where the artist has beautifully drawn two teenaged girls. Some swans and floral motifs lend a romantic ambiance. In recent times, the painter has used bright colours and the colours bring a charming ambiance to his works. The painter is notable for demonstrating varied social problems.
“Poem of Bengal-1, 2, 3”, a large canvas, carries Mohammad Eunus' meticulous (brushing) style. His individuality lies in his freedom of action; in the impulsive movements in which the solid brushstrokes are applied in reddish, yellowish and bright colours, giving shape to various broken, tiny and amorphous forms.
The thick application of paint in Mostafizul Haque's work here suggests an animal form. In recent times, the painter has focused on different animal forms. He has used acrylic and the medium is so obscuring, in fact, that it is difficult to find the figurative (animal forms) traces at all.
Sheikh Afzal Hossain is a pure realist painter who has a passion for portraying the slum environment, street children, underprivileged people in both the urban and rural setting. His work “Freedom Fighter” depicts two fighters carrying guns on their shoulders. Their visages articulate bold and firm determination towards the Liberation War.
Md.Muniruzzaman is recognised for depicting the rural environment and beautiful greenery. His “Aronnochari” shows cattle in a pastoral setting. Light is a predominant aspect in the work. He began his career as a pure naturist painter, demonstrating the pure rustic world with its rich colours, perspectives, light and shade.
At the exhibition, Tarikat Islam's style of painting combines freely composed, purely abstract forms and geometric elements such as triangles and straight broad composition. He firstly draws solid forms, and then experiments with them.
The exhibition ends today.