A duet show depicting Old Dhaka and nature by artists Nazmul Haque Bappy and Sultan Ishtiaque is underway at Shilpangan Gallery in Dhanmondi.
The show, titled ‘Duet’, displays a total of 43 watercolour paintings-- 27 by Nazmul Haque Bappy and 16 by Sultan Ishtiaque.
Sultan has portrayed the everyday life of people and Old Dhaka’s landmarks in his displayed paintings and Nazmul Haque Bappy has fused traditional Chinese art with Indian oriental art in his paintings done in Chinese ink and watercolour.
Sultan’s paintings depict old buildings and narrow roads of Old Dhaka, rickshaw pullers, ships, steamers and busy dockyards teeming with workers.
A displayed work by Sultan titled ‘Urban Story’ shows a street of Old Dhaka thronged with people, hawkers and rickshaw-pullers.
Another painting titled ‘Shipyard’ shows a group of workers building ships in a dockyard.
The artist has depicted cracks and potholes on the narrow streets of Old Dhaka and garbage left on the streets in many of his displayed paintings.
Nazmul Haque Bappy’s paintings depict distinctive natural landscapes of China, especially the big mountains of the country. Birds, trees, rivers and seas are also present in the paintings.
Bappy has depicted mountain ridges, river flowing between hills, mountain slopes covered with dense forest and greenery and others in minute detail.
A displayed landscape painting by the artist titled ‘A Mountain Slope’ depicts a small grazing ground and greenery on a mountain slope.
Besides, Bappy has portrayed tranquillity of nature in the painting titled ‘In Silence of Nature’. The painting shows moon in the night sky and flowers illuminated by moonlight.
The exhibition, which was inaugurated by eminent sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan on June 29, will remain open for all till July 13.
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