Group show features nature-human ties

Md Mehedi Hassan | Published: 00:00, Jul 14,2019 | Updated: 13:38, Jul 14,2019


Visitors look at displayed paintings at the exhibition. — Sourav Lasker

Nine young artists have put into display watercolour works depicting diverse subjects at a group show under way at Zainul Gallery 1 and 2 of the fine arts faculty of Dhaka University.

Organised by Jolrup, a platform of young artists, all of whom have graduated from fine arts faculty, the show brings into view academic excellence and an attempt to harness natural beauty.

The artists have displayed artworks portraying rustic life, scenic beauty of Bangladesh, relationship between humans and rivers, heritage, flowers, everyday life of working-class people, shipyards and others.

Preeminent artist Samarjit Roy Choudhury inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest. Artists Hamiduzzaman Khan and Ranjit Das were also present at the inaugural ceremony.

‘Watercolour is one of the best ways to capture natural beauty. Through this fluid medium artists can easily express emotion’, said artist Samarjit Roy at the inaugural session.

Md Ziaur Rahman Joy has portrayed the relationship between humans and rivers in his displayed works titled Rest-1, Rest-2, Rest-3 and Rest-4, all of which show boats moored on river banks at dusk.

‘The people living in the villages are deeply dependent on rivers. Besides, the bede people, a nomadic community, spend their lives on boats. I have tried to depict the relationship between people and rivers through my works,’ said Ziaur.

Abdul Halim depicted deforestation in his works like Shadow of Nature-1, Shadow of Nature-2, Shadow of Nature-3 and others where the artist has portrayed trees, which have been cut down by humans, as headless women figures.

‘In ancient times, humans used to kill each other brutally by cutting off heads and limbs. These days humans are killing trees in the same way. I have tried to portray the impact of deforestation in my works,’ Halim told New Age.

Ishrat Zabeen has portrayed relationship between nature and woman in her works Opekkha-1, Opekkha-2 and others, which show beautiful village women amid greenery, wearing flowers on their hair and more.

Besides, Shawan Mazumder Kishore, Ariful Islam, Iskinder Mirza, Hamim Ul Zahad Sajal, GM Azam and Fateema Refat have displayed their acumen in watercolour.

The exhibition will end today.

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