Artist Mostafiz Karigar is showcasing a collection of paintings inspired by poems at a solo exhibition at the Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in Dhaka.
The show, Life in Light, features 30 paintings based on 30 poems of Humayun Kabir, a Bangladeshi poet living in the US.
Mostafiz has tried to draw the essence of the poems through his semi-abstract works, depicting indistinct images of trees, human figures, geometric forms and figures and so on.
On some of the canvases, handwritten drafts of the poems they were inspired by were superimposed, in an attempt to establish their connection.
One of the paintings is based on a poem titled Brikkher Mrityu Nei, in which Karigar has depicted semi-vertical lines in black against a yellowish background. Upon close inspection, one can also see unclear images of human limbs and figures.
Overall, the painting might seem like the picture of a forest, which can be substantiated by the fact that the poem it is based on is also about trees. Lilaboty Goon is another poem transformed into painting by the artist. The piece, dominated by bright blue and green, depicts numbers and human figures all over the canvas.
As well as the paintings, the exhibition also features English translations of some of the poems of Humayun Kabir, translated from Bangla by Mohammad Zaman. umayun Kabir’s
The weeklong show, which began on December 31, will remain open for the public until January 6.
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