Amid the ongoing violence against women and children across the globe, the socially conscious artist Mohammad Iqbal in his 42nd solo show titled ‘Silent Revelations’ has revealed problems that women and children face in the chaotic world.
The gestures and expressions of the faces of women and children in his paintings narrate their pains and woes in the present world.
‘Facial expression is my prime interest and I have tried to express human emotions through faces and eyes’, said Iqbal, a teacher at painting and drawing department of Dhaka University.
‘Silent Revelations’ is underway simultaneously at Edge Gallery’s two branches located at Gulshan and Dhanmondi.
The Gulshan branch displays 21 paintings while the Dhanmondi branch exhibits 29 artworks done in diverse mediums like oil, acrylic and mixed media. Both of the galleries also feature paintings addressing destruction of nature.
‘Besides showing sufferings of the women and children, I have addressed disasters done towards the environment’, Iqbal told New Age.
The show, inaugurated by Edge Foundation trustee Mahua Khan on April 20 at the Dhanmondi branch, also displays eight latest paintings under Iqbal’s famous baul and nomad series.
Paintings of series like Unknown Faces, Memories, Expression, and Peace in the Time of Disquiet feature pale faces of women and children with sad and frightening eyes with grey, black and white paints.
In such paintings, he has experimented a lot with mediums and colours. An expert of oil medium, Iqbal in his latest works has also used acrylic and dry pastel colours. For creating different textures, Iqbal, who completed his PhD from Tokyo University of Arts in Japan, has used Japanese traditional handmade paper called washi. Some of paintings are also done only on washi.
Explaining the reason of including his popular baul series with the social awareness generating artworks, the artist said, ‘I am known for my works on bauls and nomads to art-lovers at home and abroad. That’s why I’ve included some of those artworks so that viewers can relate to my journey as an artist’.
His latest works under the baul and nomad series follow his signature styles. In Nomadic Faces series, Iqbal draws the colourful lives of people of the snake charmer community, while the Unfettered Life features bauls in their idiosyncratic and distinctive attires.
The exhibition will remain open at both galleries till May 5.