On forms and formlessness of nature

Hamiduzzaman Khan’s solo exhibition at Dwip

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Oct 16,2019


Two artworks from the exhibition.

Noted sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan brought together acrylic and watercolour paintings, sculptures and even a wall-mounted installation in his current solo exhibition.

Titled ‘Feeling the Void’, Hamiduzzaman’s one-month-long exhibition is mainly about the artist’s passionate engagement with water-based medium and his unbroken test with forms and formless expressions in response to nature.

The show at Dwip, a gallery in Lalmatia in the capital which is run by artists, features a total of 58 artworks, including paintings and sculptures along with an installation that gives one the impression of expressing a bundle of emotions and thoughts about language or sign system in general.

Most of the works of the exhibition are paintings and are done on paper while the sculptures that are strategically placed in the two rooms of the gallery have been donned with stone or metal as mediums.

The only installation, mounted on the left-hand wall of the first room, comprises a cluster of smallish wooden sculpture-like forms accompanied by few markings.

Human faces and nature as it appears in visual cues dominate Hamiduzzaman’s paintings. At times the images verge on the abstraction, while others are transformed into signs pursuant to the artist’s perception of the world.

‘Though the scale of my paintings is small, they express monumentality. I want to express my continuous thoughts and feelings  through paintings. I hope I will be able to reach my desired destination someday,’ Hamiduzzaman Khan told New Age.

When asked about the installation he replied, ‘The idea of my installation emerged through words or language. I have tried to evoke the primitive style in my installation.’

Acclaimed writer-critic Hasnat Abdul Hye, noted artist Monirul Islam and Dhaka University Faculty of Fine Art dean Professor Nisar Hossain inaugurated the exhibition on October 11.

Hamiduzzaman’s watercolour painting titled ‘Rain’ shows a subtle blend of blue and red while another watercolour piece titled ‘Zen Sign’ shows the symbol of Zen which represents absolute enlightenment, strength and elegance of the universe.

Most eye-catching works of the exhibition are acrylic paintings where he used some geometrical shapes, vertical and horizontal lines along with various shapes of human faces exuding diverse emotions.

The playfulness with form is obvious in the acrylic painting titled ‘Unveiling 2’  that shows a space covered with various geometrical shapes and lines while another acrylic work titled ‘Face 16’ shows a profile with a void in the middle where various lines intersect.

Hamiduzzman Khan studied painting and drawing at the fine art faculty in the late 1960s and later became a teacher at the sculpture department of the faculty and retired in 2012.

Curated by Mustafa Zaman, the exhibition will end on November 30.

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