Paintings, tapestry explore thoughts, imagination

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 20,2019


Visitors look at displayed works by artist Taijul Islam at La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi. — Press release

Artist Taijul Islam has portrayed his imagination and thoughts of conscious and subconscious mind in his 13th solo show under way at La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.

The 11-day exhibition titled ‘Composition of Forms and Colours’ features a total of 55 artworks comprising 32 paintings and 33 tapestry works, among which three are inspired by paintings of his teacher noted artist Rashid Chowdhury.

The artworks have been created using mediums like acrylic on jute fabric, acrylic on jute canvas and others.

‘I want to express my thoughts and imagination through colourful lines, forms and shapes. I never make any plans before creating an artwork. I let my thoughts guide me. The exhibition also features a few tapestry works inspired by Rashid Chowdhury’s paintings,’   Artist Taijul Islam told New Age.

Eminent architect Rabiul Husain was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition held on November 15.

Taijul Islam was born in 1946 at Shariatpur district. From 1965 to 1979, Taijul Islam spent 14 years with Rashid Chowdhury — known as a pioneer in tapestry art in Bangladesh — in his studio honing the craft of creating compelling and beautiful tapestries. One look at Islam’s creations and it is understandable that he takes after Chowdhury. Though the influence is there, it does not overpower Islam’s unique kind of coloured stripes, imagery or visual language. The septuagenarian artist is still active and beaming, creating inspirational tapestries full of life and movement.

Taijul’s canvases or screens are full with colourful forms and black-white-red-yellow-blue-green patches those express various conceptions and perceptions of aesthetic human realisation.  

The displayed works feature topics like women, Arabic alphabets, Statue of Liberty, Bangla alphabets, human faces and others.

Taijul Islam has depicted human emotions in one of his works with colourful lines and shapes.

An untitled work shows the word Allahhu written in Arabic alphabets of different geometrical shapes and colours like red, blue, light yellow, black and others.

A tapestry features snake shaped lines of light yellow colour in the middle with edges containing dots, forms and shapes of diverse colours, while an united work portrays a form representing the Statue of Liberty using lines and geometrical shapes of red, black and ash colours.

The exhibition will end on November 23.

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