Scenic beauty of nature featuring landscapes, rivers and boats has always been a dominant theme in octogenarian artist Syed Jahangir’s works and his ongoing solo show at Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts is no exception to the trend.
With his signature style of creating dreamy and lyrical world to depict the beauty of nature, Syed Jahangir in his 42nd solo show titled “Memories Beyond Time” displays 60 recently done drawings and paintings.
The show was inaugurated on November 11 by finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. Besides dealing with his favourite themes, the artist has also addressed some contemporary issues like the Rohingya influx, flood, river erosion and pollution.
An acrylic painting, Fleeing Rohingya, gives a realistic view of the destitute Rohingya community who had been forced to flee their motherland Myanmar by Burmese military by depicting a queue of people, including, elderly people, infants, men and women fleeing through river banks on the backdrop of torched houses, those they lost in their motherland.
Plight of the poor has come in a number of other paintings as well. Two works under the title ‘After the Flood’ show struggles of the impoverished flood-hit people.
Themes like river encroachment and river erosion have also been addressed by the artist. In River Encroachment, the artist has shown how rivers are being grabbed by encroachers, while Environment Hazard depicts a line of brick kilns emanating carbon in the air.
And his landscape paintings are always spectacular for the use of lyrical lines and vibrant colour compositions while depicting the dreamy world through the images like the moonlit nights, boats moored on river banks and swinging nests of birds in paintings such as Sweet Home and Moonlit Journey.
The exhibition will remain open till December 01.
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