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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Exhibition of Bangladeshi painters in South Korea

By Takir Hossain / May 10, 2009

The Bangladesh Embassy in South Korea and Korean Foundation are jointly organising an exhibition of 11 Bangladeshi painters at the Korea Foundation Cultural Centre. The exhibition will feature 100 paintings by the renowned artists.

The participating painters are Mohammad Kibria, Rafiqun Nabi, Mahmudul Haque, Kalidas Karmakar, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Monsurul Karim, Ranjit Das, Mohammad Eunus, Rokeya Sultana and Kanak Chanpa Chakma. The exhibition aims to introduce the best of contemporary Bangladeshi art to the Korean enthusiasts.Mohammad Kibria, the senior most painters in the group, likes to experiment with geometric forms, lines and texture. Use of space is a vital feature of his works. He meticulously creates space that denotes solitude and serenity. His "Untitled" is a piece of oil that creates an impression of being absolutely alone.

Rafiqun Nabi is well known for his paintings, woodcut prints and drawings. His paintings delightfully project the tranquil ambience of nature and its unparalleled beauty. The artist likes to use azure, yellow, ochre, red, black and emerald green -- representing rural Bengal. The colours give a torrential and imposing feel. Nabi does figurative work, painting rural folk, fishermen, kingfishers, broken bridges, buffaloes, boats, crows, wild flowers, people at leisure and gossiping. The artist arranges motifs in different combinations of light and shade.

Mahmudul Haque has had a penchant for compositions and forms for a significant part of his artistic career. His works delve into the imaginary world and are remarkable for the artist's signature turquoise blue and emerald green compositions.Folk ballads from the "Mymensingh Geetika" -- Mahua, Malua; "Nakshi Kanthar Maath," "Gazir Pat" and "Manosha Pat" are recurring themes of Abdus Shakoor Shah's paintings. His works denote male-female figures, animals, birds and reptiles. The artist usually focuses on the expressions on female faces, especially the eyes.Shahabuddin Ahmed lives and works in Paris. A figurative painter, his canvases explore the inner power of humans and he charges them with his bold brush strokes and vibrant colour. Liberation War, human pain, suffering and their struggle always reappear in his large sized canvas. He uses space to increasingly interact with figures. His space is very open and broad so that he can easily communicate between his themes and space.

Ranjit Das is celebrated for his flamboyant style and thought-provoking themes. From the beginning, Ranjit's works have been close to the rustic areas and the pastoral way of life. A large number of Ranjit's works depict villagers' passion, pain, pleasure, bliss, contentment and dreams. He also portrays some familiar animals with villagers which bring a distinct look on his canvas. His works give the viewer a real picture of our socio-political and economic structure. A figurative painter, Ranjit's works are distinguished for their disciplined, mindful and imposing use of colour with the compositions of semi-abstract and symbolic patterns.Mohammad Eunus delves into pure abstract images. He frequently changes the arrangement of his form and composition. At the exhibition, it is very difficult to identify his personal hallmark. An artist should have a line, form and texture which help him to provide a personal touch to his works. 

Monsur Ul Karim closely observes Padma's character and changes in its course. The river has its unique way of life but riverbank erosion is an endemic and frequent phenomenon, decimating landmarks, villages and communities. Monsur's theme is simple and he delves deep into it. He uses bright and lively colours to denote the river and its milieu. Blue, red, yellow, emerald-green and yellowish-brown dominate the images. Visions include sailing boats, fishing nets, clouds, monsoon, the changing tides, erosion of riverbanks and the displacement of people. Monsur has demonstrated his unparalleled style.

The exhibition ends on May 16.


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