Artist Avi Shankar Ain has paid tribute to the Sunderbans in his second solo show underway at La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.
The exhibition titled ‘Mangrove Portal’ features 30 acrylic paintings by the artist on the Sunderbans and wildlife of the mangrove forest.
All the displayed paintings seem to depict spotted deer running or grazing amid the thick mangrove forest.
The paintings vary in compositions, shapes and forms. Vast areas of the Sunderbans have been depicted in the symmetrical paintings showing trees, deer, roots, water and others.
For example, works of the Mangrove Portal series attempt to represent the forest through symmetrical compositions of colour-dots with minimum use of brush strokes that portray tress and the sky.
In other works, which are named with Latin words Territus, Incertum, Timentes, Fiducia and others, the artist depicts different ambience in the forest through skillful use of colours and forms.
‘Through the show I wish to pay tribute to the Sunderbans which is facing threat from different manmade activities’, said the artist.
Australia’s high commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett inaugurated the exhibition on July 7. Writer Anisul Hoque and artist Nazia Andaleeb Preema, among others, were also present at the inaugural programme.
The show will remain open till July 19.
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