Six artists have portrayed Dhaka streets-with both their beauty and sordidness-in watercolour paintings on display at a group show under way at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.
The exhibition, tilted Joloj 4, is the fourth edition of the thematic group show Joloj that was first held in 2015 and displays 60 paintings by the six participating artists.
‘We have been holding group shows under the title Joloj since 2015 where we feature different themes. In this edition, we have chosen to feature streets of Dhaka which have their own peculiar aesthetic appeal,’ said Al-Akhir Sarker, one of the participating artists.
Besides Akhir, Shaymal Biswas, Bilpob Chakroborty, Golam Moshiur Rahman Choudhury, Azmal Uddin, and Sadek Ahmed have displayed their works in the group show.
In the paintings, the artists have portrayed not only different streets of Dhaka, but different areas in the capital showing working people too. Rickshaws, old buildings, chaotic and narrow old Dhaka roads, people enjoying adda at roadside tea stalls and others have been depicted by the artists.
For example, Al-Akhir Sarker has portrayed ten busy locations of Dhaka in his nuanced watercolour paintings.
Busy intersections like Palashir Mor, Mirpur Road or the hectic New Market area with hundreds of rickshaws, CNGs and other vehicles, have been featured in the paintings by Akhir.
The way he has captured the details and nuances of an overcrowded double-decker BRTC bus or a speeding CNG using an elusive medium like waterocolour is quite remarkable.
Artist Shaymal Biswas’ paintings depicting vehicles and passengers on Dhaka streets are enticing too.
Biswas’ Rickshaw Hurricane, to mention one painting, showing a detailed view of a hurricane lantern tied to the back of a rickshaw shows the artist’s mastery over measured strokes.
Artist Azmal Uddin has focused on roadside sceneries in his paintings. Crows sitting on roadside walls or electric lines have been depicted by the artist.
Biplob Chakroborty, Golam Moshiur Rahman Choudhury and Sadek Ahmed have also portrayed the beauty and chaos of streets of Dhaka in their paintings.
The show, which was inaugurated on Friday, will remain open for all till November 24.
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