Picasso, Moore and Warhol prints at Gallery Winners
Gallery Winners at Baridhara, is a private art gallery run by Durjoy Rahman Joy -- a young collector and art enthusiast. The gallery recently held an exhibition titled, “Modern & Contemporary Prints Exhibition,” featuring some globally reputed artists like Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol and noted Bangladeshi printmakers including the late Quamrul Hasan, Shafiuddin Ahmed, Mohammad Kibria, the late Abdur Razzaque, Murtaja Baseer, Rafiquan Nabi, Monirul Islam and Abdus Sattar. The exhibit aimed at promoting printmaking in our country.
Picasso is one of the most recognised icons of 20th century. He is best known for the Cubist movement and his use of a wide variety of styles. He was simultaneously a painter, printmaker, ceramic artist and sculptor. At the Gallery Winners exhibition, one of Picasso's lithographs depicts a woman engrossed in reading.
English artist Henry Moore is best known for his abstract monumental bronze sculptures. His forms are generally close to the human figures, usually depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures. Another noticeable trait is Moore's use of hollow spaces in the figures. The artist maintained a synchronisation between themes and forms throughout his lifetime.
Andy Warhol -- American painter, printmaker and filmmaker provocateur -- was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as 'pop art.' He is recognised for zooming in on facial expressions. His images give the viewers a taste of super-realism. One of his litho in colour gives an impression of inner struggle.
Shafiuddin Ahmed is the most senior painter alive in our country and the only surviving member of the founding circle of the art institute. During the pre-Partition days, when he lived in Calcutta, Shafiuddin had done both prints and painting. The exhibition includes his "Image of Life" -- a wood engraving featuring two men rowing a boat. Sailing boats, fishing and other aspects of riverine life are frequently appearing subjects in his works.
Mohammad Kibria likes to experiment with geometric forms and texture. Use of space is a vital aspect of his works. He meticulously creates space that denotes solitude and serenity. His "Memorial" is a piece of etching and aquatint that creates an impression of being absolutely alone.
Rafiqun Nabi is renowned for his paintings, engravings, drawings and cartoons. At the exhibition, his "The Lonely Man" was included. The artwork provides a partial view -- through an open door -- of a seated man immersed in deep thought.
Monirul Islam is renowned for his prints. His lines are evocative and thought provoking. His images outline reminiscence, hopes, dreams and affection. Lines are usually dominant in his works and invite the viewer to a physiological journey. At the exhibition Monirul's "Pair," a piece of etching, demonstrates many uneven lines and forms.