Art Gallery Bengal Shilpalaya has reopened with a solo show of internationally renowned local artist Kazi Ghiyasuddin on Friday at Dhanmondi in the capital.
Kazi Ghiyasuddin, a Japan-based Bangladeshi painter who has already carved a distinct identity for himself as an artist of rich imaginative power and lyrical luxuriance, has put together around 50 of his oil-and-watercolour artworks for the solo show titled ‘The Work of Creation’.
On Friday, the show was inaugurated jointly by national professor Dr Anisuzzaman, BRAC founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed and Japanese ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi.
Most of the works on display bear the artist’s signature style where textures are created with meticulous care.
Ghiyasuddin’s works aim to be evocative of moods, rather than to be depictive of scenes and figures.
‘Ghiyasuddin’s paintings present before us a universe where nature is self-recreating, where colours take on a life of their own,’ wrote artist Nisar Hossain in a note on the exhibition.
Though Ghiyasuddin mainly has gone for abstract paintings to recreate the impression of nature and landscape on his canvasses, he is also very skilled in realistic painting.
For example, the watercolour painting Gypsy Boat testifies to the artist’s mastery over realistic depiction of figures and forms. The eye-catching painting shows a gypsy family in their boat.
In his abstract paintings like Childhood Memories, Sound of the Night, Memoir, Flow of Time, Sound of Rain and others the artist has used careful and tiny strokes to create impressions.
These paintings challenge the viewers to probe deep into the layers of strokes. The sensuous lines and enigmatic forms open up a whole new window of imagination beyond the obvious.
The exhibition will remain open till May 18.
Born in 1951 in Madaripur, Bangladesh, Kazi Ghiyasuddin graduated in painting from the Government Institute of Art and Crafts in Dhaka in 1970, and received his MFA from Chittagong University in 1972. He was the first Bangladeshi to receive a doctoral degree in fine arts from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1985. Living between Tokyo and Dhaka, his masterly skills have earned him a special place in both the Japanese and Bangladeshi contemporary art scenes.
In 2018, Ghiyasuddin was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, by the Emperor of Japan.
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