Khokon recollects childhood memories thru art

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:39, Jul 31,2018 | Updated: 22:41, Jul 31,2018


Visitors look at displayed artworks at AFD. — New Age photo

Artist Halimul Islam Khokon has recollected his childhood memories through his experimental artworks which are now on display at La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.

As found in the age-old cave arts, Khokon’s paintings done with acramin on canvas, feature images of animals like bulls, elephants, horse and others, on the background.

‘Watching different textures on walls in my childhood, I used to associate those with images of animals. And in the current show I have tried to portray those in my paintings’, Khokon said.

The exhibition, titled ‘Images of Inner Vision’, is the fifth solo show of the artist, who has completed his MFA from department of ceramics at Dhaka University.

Artist Shahid Kabir inaugurated the exhibition, in presence of writer-professor Syed Azizul Haque on Friday.

The show features 40 paintings resembling cave art.

Besides animal figures, Khokon has portrayed relationship between nature and animals in his artworks showing animal figures alongside different geometric shapes and forms.

While recreating the shapes and figures from his childhood memories, the artist has employed ‘a certain aesthetic routine’ to present the patterns of moss-covered walls or glittering aqueous shapes, writes art critic Mustafa Zaman in the brochure of the exhibition.

One of the paintings titled ‘Crazy Bull’, for example, shows a bull traversing a landscape, while the artwork titled ‘Animals in Nature’ shows horses and elephants grazing in a field.

Besides, a number of displayed works also depict shapes resembling human faces, geometric shapes and others.

The exhibition will remain open till tomorrow.

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