Australian artist portrays culture of Bangladesh

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 13,2019


Visitors look at displayed paintings at the exhibition. — Abdullah Apu

Australian artist Malcolm Arnold has portrayed wildlife, scenic beauty of rural Bengal and people of Bangladesh in a solo show now under way at Drik Gallery in the capital.
The weeklong exhibition titled ‘Bangladesh My Sketch Book’ features a total of 38 paintings and sketches done in diverse mediums.
The artist has used vibrant and strong colours to present, as he said, the colourful Bangladesh. As for mediums, the artist has used acrylic, watercolor and pencil.
‘I have painted these paintings in the last fifteen years. I have visited various parts across Bangladesh and captured the scenic and idyllic beauty of the country in my paintings. The show is my tribute to the colourful and nature and vibrant culture of Bangladesh’, Malcolm Arnold told New Age.
Besides portraying the beauty of nature and landscape, the artist has also brought the struggles and lifestyles of rural men and women in his paintings.
To mention some paintings, ‘Rangamati’ and ‘Sundarbans Bangladesh’ feature the beauty of two different landscapes with focus on the people of the regions.
In ‘Rangamati’, the artist has painted the environs of Kaptai Lake, traditional houses of ethnic people, while in ‘Sundarbans Bangladesh, the artist shows fishermen catching fishes in a river that runs into the forest.
In an untitled painting, the artist depicts a Royal Bengal Tiger coming out of deep dark jungle, while another untitled painting shows rural boys.
A sketch titled ‘Hindu Women- Rash Mela- Dubla Char’ portrays Hindu women wearing shidur on their head performing their religious ritual.
Another eye-catching pencil sketch titled ‘Riverside Dwellings’ show some cottages and a boat while the surroundings are covered by greenery and water.
The exhibition will be open till June 16.

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