Solo show explores human-cosmos relationship

Karoby Shihab | Published: 23:43, Feb 25,2020


Visitors look at a painting by Pervaj Hasan Rigan at Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi recently. — Press release

Young artist Pervaj Hasan Rigan has explored the relationship of humans with the cosmos in his solo exhibition under way at the La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.

The ten-day exhibition titled ‘Red Dwarf’ was inaugurated on February 20. It has been curated by Jewel A Rob.

This is the third solo exhibition of Pervaj Hasan Rigan. It features around ten paintings and a video art. The paintings are based on the simple juxtaposition of naked human figures against red dwarfs.

Besides, at the gallery the artist is presenting a live performance daily in which he works on a series of canvases.

‘I believe that human beings share a bond with the universe. My canvases attempt to explain that connection,’ Pervaj Hasan Rigan said.

‘Lots of stars exist in the cosmos and the red dwarfs are significant to me. Though there are many types dwarf stars, I picked the red dwarfs because these stars live longer than others,’ added Pervaj.

Among the displayed works, the painting titled ‘Red Dwarf 1’ is an oil on canvas work, as are all the pieces that adorned the gallery. This particular work shows two naked human figures with a red dwarf in the background.

‘Red Dwarf 2’ also portrays naked figures on a red and black background.

Another painting titled ‘Lost in Thought’ is a menagerie of human figures. In the painting, the artist has played with human facial expressions.

The work titled ‘Yellow Dwarf’ portrays a star painted using shades of yellow, orange and red. There is a nude human lying at the centre of the star.

The exhibition also features a self-portrait of the artist created using charcoal on canvas.

Pervaj Hasan Rigan was born in Barishal in 1988.

He has completed his BFA and MFA from the department of drawing and painting, University of Dhaka.

His first solo exhibition titled ‘Beyond the Horizon’ was held in 2016. He is scheduled to attend an exhibition in Germany in upcoming months.

Most of his paintings are created using oil, acrylic and charcoal. He explores multimedia presentation as well in his exhibitions.

The exhibition ‘Red Dwarf’ will run till March 2.

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