Hamiduzzaman Khan in new light

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 04:43, Oct 01,2016 | Updated: 04:53, Oct 01,2016

Hamiduzzaman Khan

Visitors look at an oil painting at a solo painting exhibition of artist Hamiduzzaman Khan at Gallery Shilpangan at Dhanmondi in the capital on Friday. — New Age photo


Known as one of the most celebrated living sculptors, Hamiduzzaman Khan is truly ambidextrous in his fine art practice traversing other genres like painting and drawing with equal brilliance.

While sculpture remains his forte, his diversity has led him to produce paintings and drawings of quality.

In his 27th solo titled ‘Of Nature, Boats and Faces’, the artist-sculptor presents himself in a new light. The exhibition, which opened on Friday at Gallery Shilpangan at Dhanmondi in the capital, showcases a total of 70 paintings, sketches and drawings.

Hamiduzzaman Khan has exploited watercolour in most of his paintings on display at the exhibition and colour pens, pencil and ink for the sketches and drawings.

As for themes, the artist has worked on nature, landscape and portraits. The exhibition has four series works namely nature, face, sketch and drawing.

In the 20 nature paintings, Hamiduzzaman has shown his dexterity in the quick and unpredictable watercolour medium. Most of the paintings, it seems, pay a tribute to the diverse landscapes of the country with its prominent water bodies, hills and plain land. Presence of people is also strongly indicated in them.

In the thirty portraits of the face series, the artist has applied the minimalist techniques to paint both faces and masks. In sketches and drawings, Hamiduzzaman Khan has gone to recreate all his themes in miniatures. Presence of boats, rivers and natural elements dominate the sketch and drawing series.

As for colours, the artist appears to have a liking for black and beige, while vibrant colours like red and green are also present in the works.

‘Besides sculpture, I regularly paint. But mostly I have used oil in my previous paintings. In these paintings I have used watercolour, one of the toughest mediums. I hope visitors will find them pleasing’, said Hamiduzzaman Khan, who was a student of drawing and painting but joined the then Institute of Fine Arts (now Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University) in 1970 as a faculty member of the newly founded department of sculpture.

‘The exhibition shows Hamid in a new style. I am really happy to see him work in watercolour and hope that he will continue exploring the medium in future too’, said eminent artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury at the inauguration of the show.

The exhibition will be open for all from 12:00pm to 8:00pm till October 14.

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