Works by 61 local artists have been displayed under a separate curatorial show titled ‘Expression of Time’ of the ongoing 4th Dhaka Art Summit.
The art summit, organised by Samdani Art Foundation in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, continues from February 2 to February 10 at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Curated by Muhammad Muniruzzaman, the only local curator of the summit, the show displays early works of some renowned artists and latest works of some young artists with the aim at connecting the artists belonging to different generations.
The show also gives a glimpse of the evolution of the country’s art scene of the past 50 years as it displays an artwork by Rashida Begum done in 1960s and also some works done by young talents in 2017.
In this sense, Expression of Time displays change of styles, themes and mediums of the artists in the past five decades through the display of some early works of renowned artists like Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Monirul Islam, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Jamal Ahmed, Shishir Bhattacharjee and Sheikh Afzal.
It also displays works by young talents like Biswajit Goswami, Anisuzzaman, Preeti Ali and others done in diverse mediums, said Muhammad Muniruzzaman, adding that some works of the show feature folk motives while some others address contemporary urban life.
Hashem Khan’s Madonna in Green, an oil painting done in 1975, shows his experimentation on semi-abstract style in which Khan creates image of a woman figure on foreground of a green canvas.
Festival, by Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, depicts a rural fair with the vibrant use of watercolours.
Ahmed’s charcoal drawing Folk Musician (1993) depicts a detailed figure of a baul in his signature style while Mohammad Iqbal’s oil painting Unfettered Life features some sanyasis.
Sheikh Afzal’s untitled oil composition depicts affection between a mother and her child.
Expression of Time also displays a Gazir Pata by Shambhu Acharya, whose family has a tradition of over 500 years of doing scroll painting.
Young artist Nikhil Chandra Das has experimented with folk motifs in his figurative acrylic painting Harano Chhobir Katha.
Dhaka Art Summit will remain open from 10am to 8pm till February 10 at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
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