A solo exhibition featuring 28 watercolour paintings by Indian artist Dilip Das is currenty open at the Zainul Gallery of Dhaka University.
Das has depicted the scenic beauty of nature and rural Bengal in his works displayed at the show.
Eminent local artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury inaugurated the exhibition on Wednesday. Artist Nisar Hossain, dean of faculty of fine arts, was present at the event.
‘The beautiful natural scenery of Bangladesh has always inspired me to paint. No matter wherever I am the rivers of this delta, its people and vast green landscape remains in my heart’, said Dilip Das, who was born in Bangladesh and later moved to India.
Das has made a name for himself in India and Bangladesh with his watercolour strokes. He does not portray realistic figures in his works; rather he fuses the figures in his watercolour paintings.
Boats, rivers, people or houses in Das’ paintings seem swept over by colours.
The works of the Abode series showcase, in general, rural mud houses next to green fields or rivers. Das composes the abode with such speedy watercolour strokes that the houses are almost lost into the composition.
Similar methods are used in the works of landscape series where rivers look more like a flow of colours.
‘The paintings stand in-between realism and surrealism. I do not let my figures completely vanish, nor do I highlight them much. I rather go for a balance between the abstract and the real’, said Das.
The show will remain open for all till March 14.
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