Transience of life and nature in painting

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 00:00, Jul 29,2019


Visitors look at displayed paintings at the exhibition. — Abdullah Apu

Artist Rezowan Pilow has made an attempt to portray transience of life in his 22nd solo exhibition underway at Zainul Gallery of faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University.

The exhibition, titled ‘Different Movements of Life’, is featuring a total of 40 paintings.

‘I have tried to capture moments through my observations. The paintings will give the viewers a glimpse into both rural and urban life. We are all part of nature and only few of us closely observe nature with intense passion,’ said Rezowan Pilow.

Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition held on July 25. Eminent sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan and DU fine arts craft department chairman Abdul Momen Milton were present as special guests.

The exhibition displays works done in acrylic, watercolour, oil and pen on paper.

The artist looks at nature and daily life through a romantic lens transmuting the daily chores of rural damsels, landscape and even clouds into expressive images.

In a passionately done oil on canvas entitled ‘Attacked by Piranha’ the artist even tries to capture the uncertain danger that sometimes lurks behind nature.

In contrast, another oil work titled ‘Childhood’ shows three girls — two playing with puppets while another inflating a balloon. It unfolds a homely scene that comes with a hint of nostalgia.

‘Dhaka at Night’, takes on the life outdoor by placing women and children in an urban setting. An acrylic on canvas, the work captures the night scene in expressionistic gestures and childlike rendition of the figural motifs.

Another oil painting titled ‘Passion-2’ shows a woman collecting water from a river while a man secretly gaze at her standing behind a big tree, thereby unfolding, what seems like, a scene of idyllic romance.

Pilow was born and brought up in a remote village of Rajshahi. He studied drawing and painting from Rajshahi University. Pilow started his carrier as a nature painter, demonstrating early on a tendency to capture the panoramic sceneries with their rich abundance of colour, light and shade and calm.

He has exhibited his works in number of group shows both at home and aboard. He bagged many awards and exhibited in International Art Exhibition in Bangkok (2017), a group art exhibition at Artizen Art Gallery, New Delhi, India (2017) besides many others.

The exhibition will end on July 31.

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