Posted by Osman on August 7, 2007
Anisur Rahman’s solo exhibition
Churiwali (Left) and Rhythm-2 by Anisur Rahman
Anisur Rahman’s solo exhibition at Art Club Bangladesh proves once again that an indomitable spirit can conquer physical limitations. Despite numerous operations on his brain and the fact that his right side had become paralysed, the artist has ventured into a laudable effort. Through lines, forms, textures and colours he has overcome his handicap and delighted his viewers with the flat-brush-strokes of his bright colours. He is deeply engrossed in human aspirations and dreams, which he expresses through his restless strokes and vivid colours. There are 48 entries at the exhibit.Artist Rafiqun Nabi says about Rahman’s work, “Anisur Rahman is a senior painter and my contemporary. He has taken human figures as his subjects. Anis has his own style and is not governed by techniques. His colour compositions are definitely laudable.”
Nahid Osman the curator of the gallery adds, “This exhibition features illustrations of day to day accounts from the artist’s diary. The feelings generated by his tormented sub-consciousness are depicted through the works of art. Through sheer determination, he has trained his left hand to continue with his work with perseverance. Anis finds the work therapeutic and through his hard work he re-establishes himself.”
“Most of my paintings are based on rhythm, hence I call the exhibition Rhythm of the Soul. The works are figurative with semi-abstract presentation. I use acrylic, as oil is difficult for me to handle. However, I try to retain the effect of oil,” says Anis.
On the Stage depicts a couple of thespians, done in red, brown, blue, black and green. Another piece shows how elder sisters look after their siblings. It has bright colours and quick brush strokes with circular lines and dots. Spring-2 brings in beauty of nature around. Gossiping shows women, some standing and some sitting, talking to their hearts content. Bright colours, once again are set off by dramatic black.
Fisherman shows a villager with a bright gamchha tied around his head. Untitled has suggestions of a face and a figure, with loud splashes of orange, yellow and blue.
Churiwali features a woman with a basket of bangles on her head. Her sari has a layer of net used as collage — which lends interest to the texture — and behind her are the barges where the gypsies live. The dominant hues are orange and yellow with splashes of green and black. Composition-4 brings in suggestions of flowers of different colours. Fallen Bird is a poignant image with splashes of blood.
Anisur Rahman has had exhibitions held in Pakistan and France. The artist has taken part in National and Asian Biennale exhibitions.
The exhibition ends on August 10.
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Posted by Osman on August 7, 2007
Blending the old with the new
Art works by Denise Hudon
Denise Hudon, who lives and works in Bangladesh, had an exhibition of her works at Art Club Bangladesh recently. One was acquainted with her work by her exhibition at Alliance Francaise last year. She grows her own dyes in her kitchen garden and uses material like the veins of banana leaves for her canvas. Her colours are muted — madder, brown and beige. In them she puts block prints and paints swirls of paisley and alpona. She combines the art of the west with what she has learned from Africa, and now she mixes it with Subcontinental designs and motifs found in calligraphy and sari anchal designs. Her hues are so muted that they appear dream-like. In her work is a subtle combination of the east and west. She calls her exhibition “Reviving traditional arts into contemporary form”.Born in the heart of French Canada, with some native Red Indian blood in her veins, she uses flora as her subject. She painted murals during her formal education in fine arts. Later she entered ceramic sculpting. After that, for 15 years, she taught painting and ceramics. Even when she was in Canada in the eighties she used dried fibres of bamboo stalks discovered in the Chinese district and waste material recovered from store-room of shops in St Hubert Street. Earlier she had used recycled rag paper and cement bags. Learning from African artists in Togo, Ghana and Mali, she took to using vegetable fibres, like banana leaves, cabbage and leeks, in a big way. We see her close relationship with nature in her earthy tones. She uses dyes that she has collected from all over the world and from her garden. There is something both singular and universal in her work.
Her Gulshan has used bamboo, cotton and paper for the base. The dyes include n’pekou and galama. In the composition we see an embossed blossom in greyish white, set on a background of chocolate coloured squares. This is again placed on a burnt sienna rectangle. Autumn is done on paper made from cotton and bamboo. Safflower has been used for the dying and it brings large, delicate brown leaves that appear as if dusted over with powdered sugar. At the sides are rectangles dotted with motifs made from the fine central veins of tiny leaves.
Twilight zone is made from frangipani, cassia and fistula dyes. On a black base is a paisley pattern with flowers and leaves. The other motif is a matching piece in rich brown, and it appears somewhat abstract. Manuscript has delicate floral patterns backed with neat geometrical motifs. A chapter has papers of corn leaves and cotton for the base, while the dyes in it include black, indigo and marigold. We see an open book mounted on a pale beige backdrop. In the book itself we see intriguing characters. Motifs in indigo decorate the pages and a ribbon appears to run down the centre of the book.
Denise has exhibited in numerous places like Africa, Canada, Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan. She has taught in Canada and abroad.
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Posted by Osman on August 3, 2007
Art Club Bangladesh is elated to present “Rhythm of the Soul” by contemporary artist Anisur Rahman starting on Friday the 3rd of August, 2007. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Aly Zaker, Actor & Advertising Mogul & Rafiqun Nabi, renowned contemporary artist & cartoonist, will be present as Special Guest & will comment on the life & work of the Artist. The Exhibition will be open for all from 11am – 8pm, everyday till the 10th of August @ The Art Club Bangladesh Fine Art Gallery, House # 4; Road # 104; Suite 3B; Gulshan 2.
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Posted by Osman on August 3, 2007
The poet weaves poems with the aid of words & alphabets. Whereas a painter expresses the poetry in his soul with the aid of forms, line, texture & colour. “Rhythm of the Soul” is this poet’s rendition of his struggle in expressing the vibrations in his environment that moved his soul, through brush strokes & colour. The poet, namely Anisur Rahman has come of age with his 5th Solo titled “Rhythm of the Soul”. Through sheer determination & undaunted vigour Anisur has conquered his disability. Formerly, he used to adorn canvases with his right hand before his tragic accident that paralyzed the right side of his body. He trained his left hand to continue with his work only with the ammunition of his perseverance & resolve. He has composed 45 of his works for this exhibit with that same vigour & energy to prove his tenacity & vibrant life force to win against all odds. Anisur found painting therapeutic & through sincere hard work & zeal has re-established himself at the same platform he was recognized before tragedy engulfed his life.
This exhibition is nothing but illustrations of accounts of the day-to-day, life-like pages of his own diary. The feelings generated by his tormented sub-consciousness are depicted through these works of art. The subject is very coherent with the various techniques & the bright colours. The random & loose usage of an array of flat-brush-strokes with a prism of colours is the key point of consistency in the confused & chaos inflicted world. He has tried to make a peaceful aura in incessant perplexity. The hints at abstract & semi realistic figures used in the background of mostly different non-chromatic colours are the main characters in his works of art. The usual scenes of rural, urban life & nostalgic boyhood scenes are depicted in ‘ the jumping fish at night’, ‘time frame’, ‘happy fisherman’, ‘churi wala, ‘model girl’, ‘gossiping’ & ‘baul’, etc. These are common subjects that this poets has drawn inspiration from & presented in his own, unique rendition. He draws inspiration from Mother Nature & also ‘Man’ in ‘his’ true essence. Anisur seems to be a captive bird struggling to escape its cage & fly free into the great wide open, carefree. Thus, a kind of impatient restlessness is marked in his creation that is strongly revealed & expressed through his work with ease. He is deeply absorbed into the human aspirations, hopes & dreams against prevailing odds & inequities but ultimately becomes successful & wins the races triumphantly. That is the joy of a creative man as he always intends to be.
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