Colours have their own language. A skilled artist knows how to make them talk irrespective of the subject matters, but driving a point home only through colour is not an easy task.
Rezaun Nabi, younger brother of the eminent artist Rafiqun Nabi, performed this not-so-easy task through his 38 paintings that are now on display at the Gallery Cosmos in Dhaka.
Titled Metamorphic, this is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition and testifies to his skills in impressionist paintings.
The first impression one is to get from these paintings is that, though abstract, they are evocative of the lush landscapes of the countryside. In all the paintings, done in watercolour and acrylic, the artist has completely dispensed with realistic forms and figures.
‘I have always felt the urge to bring out the inner texture, tone and music of my subject. In the current show, I tried to bring out the deeper rhythm of landscapes,’ said Razaun Nabi, who argues that visitors should not look for meanings in a painting, rather try to ‘feel’ them.
One of his paintings, Mirrored Forms, looks like a mix of entangled mirrored images of lights and colours. The composition, with its accurate depiction of light and colour, makes one feel as if one is looking at some natural elements.
It is, however, understandable that the paintings are inspired by real-life landscapes as the compositions often appear to suggest natural elements like green fields, rivers, trees and flowers.
For example, the watercolour paintings under the Varendra series appear to represent the lush landscapes of the Varendra region from where the artist comes. The mud-walled houses of the area and slightly high lands with greeneries are featured in the works.
A mixed-media paper painting titled ‘Curious’ is another interesting piece where an expressive human face is depicted through lines and small strokes.
The exhibition, which was inaugurated on October 14, will remain open for the public until October 28.
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