Poet Shamset Tabrejee has dabbled into art. He has been working on canvas and papers, churning out images to capture lived reality and its momentary impression on his mind. In his 1st solo show mounted at Dwip Gallery in Lalmatia he also demonstrates his engagement with ‘informal art’.
The show titled ‘Momentum’ features a total of 35 paintings by the poet turned artist who has been a prolific poet. If his angst-ridden poems of the last century has given rise to some contemplative verses in the new millennium, he has successfully transported some its energies into the world of painting.
‘I tried to portray the reality I have observed around me through brushstrokes and gestures. I have been drawn to art since my childhood. Though I am habituated to express my observations through poems, at the beginning of this year, I decided to pour my thoughts and emotions onto canvasses,’ Shamset Tabrejee recently told New Age.
Acclaimed artist Monirul Islam inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest on July 27 while renowned artist and dean of the faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University professor Nisar Hossain, City Bank Limited managing director Mashrur Arefin, renowned artist Shishir Bhattacharjee and poet Sazzad Sharif, among others, were present as special guests.
The curator of the exhibition, renowned artist-critic Mustafa Zaman, spoke at the event.
The paintings have been created in acrylic and mixed media and they avoid formal logic to become formless to address musicality and poetry of creation rather that depicting any recognisable objects.
The mixed media painting titled ‘Autumn’ depicts the beauty of the season through an amalgamation of colours.
A mixed media painting titled ‘Dog Years’ is strewn with fragmented body parts like eyes, hands, legs and others. Without much effort it strikes a harmony between the elements.
His works are experiments in capturing the state of mind, rather than objectively projecting the reality.
In the work titled ‘Bird’, informal and sketchy rendition of the bird motifs recall a primitive way of representing the world.
Another acrylic work titled ‘My Coffee Mug’, appears in a rather fluid form. An actual mug in the middle of the painted space with geometrical forms strewn along the edges of the small canvas, shows how a real thing too can look different when human emotion has invaded its structure.
The exhibition will end on August 22.
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