Painting emotions, figures in pixel

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Feb 12,2019

 
 

Guests look at paintings on display at the show. — courtesy: Alliance Francaise de Dhaka

Artist Abdul Guffar Babu has portrayed human emotions, relationships and nature in experimental oil paintings now on display at a solo show at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka in the capital.
Titled ‘Pixel of Emotion’, the show features 54 artworks where the artist has used combined pixels (dots) and geometrical forms to give expression to different emotions.
Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos- Atelier 71’s chairman Enayetullah Khan inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest, while professor Abul Barq Alvi of faculty of fine arts of University of Dhaka attended the opening ceremony as special guest on Friday.
What strikes the eye instantly about Babu’s works is his ingenious use of dots, triangular and rectangular forms to paint not only human and animal figures but also landscape.
For example, ‘Waiting’ is one of the works that is both soothing and eye-catching. The oil painting shows a woman sitting on a river bank looking at a distance as if waiting for someone’s return. The sari of the woman, the cloud overhead or the line of distant trees is painted in small and meticulous geometric forms.
In ‘Couples’, another oil painting, Babu has used mainly lines to paint two faces that intercede each other. Babu’s frugality in using minimum colours also gives a signature to his paintings.
In ‘Childhood Memories’, which shows boats, kites and butterflies using small geometric shapes, is done in monochrome.
‘Golden Smile’, in contrast, features slightly vibrant colours to portray the lush forest greenery.
Paintings like ‘The Owl’, ‘The Hunter’ also show the artist’s skill in monochromatic figure painting.
‘I love to experiment with my painting styles. In this show, I have displayed my recent experimentation with figure painting using geometric forms,’ said Babu, who has an MFA in printmaking from faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University.
The exhibition will be open for all till February 22.

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