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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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Posted by Osman on June 17, 2007
syndicated from Mohammed’s blog
UK based charity organisation, Muslim Aid is embarking on an exciting tour of Bangladesh, following their success of the tour with Jermaine Jackson of the region.
Muslim Aid will be supporting the acclaimed UK-based artist, Mohammed a.k.a Aerosol Arabic, in taking his groundbreaking style of urban graffiti art, with Islamic script, to the streets of Bangladesh.
British urban artist, Mohammed Ali, will be touring Bangladesh and taking his unique fusion of graffiti-art to a whole new world by spray painting his spiritual -urban-art murals in three cities across the country.
He will be visiting Muslim Aid beneficiaries, and working with orphans, the needy and the poverty stricken urban youth of Bangladesh, in creating the unique “spiritual murals” across the cities, Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong in well known districts of each city. He will also deliver seminars speaking about his art to the people of Bangladesh.
The tour will take place between August 10th- 20th beginning in the capital city of Dhaka. Venues will be announced on the website: http://www.aerosolarabic.com/bangladeshtour
In the midst of all the difficulty and plight experienced by Muslim Aid beneficiaries, the aim is to uplift the spirit in the poorer parts of Bangladesh, where people will be given the unique opportunity to create art through the aerosol can, guided by Mohammed. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Osman on May 11, 2007
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Posted by Osman on May 11, 2007
The 2nd Solo Exhibition of Denise Hudon Arsenault kicked off with a bang at the inauguration ceremony. The show was inaugurated by Her Excellency Barbara Richardson, the honourable High Commissioner of Canada on the 11th of May @ the Art Club Bangladesh Gallery in Gulshan, Dhaka.
The Gallery was packed with people both foreign and local. Awed by the unique approach Denise takes with her works of Art. She uses all Natural materials for her paper & extraction of dyes from vegetables. Her pieces are abstract with a few Block prints on earthy, calm background colours. A true delight in the ever changing Dhaka’s happening art scene. In her speech she stated that man made, synthetic dyes are harming the environment, especially the water supply. Through her venture with eco-friendly, natural dyes she also wants to hammer the ECOLOGY message home. Louis-Georges Arsenault, Representative of UNICEF commented on Denise’s work & her life. There were many dignitaries present at the Gallery from various fields, mostly from the Diplomatic Circles in Bangladesh & also various Development agencies among others as well as a handful of Local Art lovers.
The Art Club Bangladesh Gallery is nestled in a nondescript apartment building on RD# 104, House # 4; Suite # 3B. In between Privilege Club & Manarat International School & College. Opp. Shikdar Hospital & Omni MUsic & Books. One can’t imagine the beauty of the exhibition space as one enters a Flat after disembarking the elevator. One feels transported to New York, i feel. To the Chic galleries lining her high-streets. Exclusive, as if secret. We were served with Refreshments & local tid-bits like Samosas, Chingaras & Kebab Rolls in canape shapes.
The exhibition will remain open to the Public from the 12th to the !8th of May… 11am – 8pm. Open for all. Drop by & be overwhelmed.
You may contact ART CLUB BANGLADESH GALLERY @ email@example.com or visit us at Suite #3B; House #4; Rd# 104; Gulshan 2; Dhaka. Bangladesh. visit our website @ https://artclubbd.wordpress.com
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Posted by Osman on May 11, 2007
Shahabuddin Ahmed is a world renowned painter born in Bangladesh in 1950. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, later moved to Paris. He has shown his works extensively across the globe. In 1992 he is one of 50 Master Painters of Contemporary Arts, an award bestowed on him at the Olympiad of Arts, Barcelona.
The primary concern of his paintings is to reflect the contemporary life and times. He is an optimist and this is clearly expressed in his paintings. This optimism was firmly embedded in Shahabuddin when he has a youth was involved in the Liberation struggle for Bangladesh and had to face the various facets of life.
He has the capability to overcome the constraints of time and space. In their dynamism his paintings depict fearless human figures that cut through the difficulties of life, which provide one the reason to live. The vibrancy and force of his brushwork highlight this aspect. Above all his compositions are unmistakably musical and rhythmic. Shahabuddin’s figures seem to be enthralled in the cosmic dance at times merging with the ethereal forces.
His works are displayed in many galleries across the globe including the Museum Olympic Laussane, Switzerland and Bourn-En Brasse Museum France.
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Posted by Osman on May 11, 2007
Art in our time
“The days of the art movement are behind us,” says noted artist Murtaja Baseer. However, the art scene in Bangladesh is often referred to as a thriving one. Although Baseer feels that art pursued as the goal of a group of artists has seen its demise, art as the expression of the individual has blossomed in the last twenty or so years. If the pre-independent era is marked by creative actions on the part of the pioneers who banded together to make a mark at the national level, the post–independent period is defined by the thrust towards the expansion of the horizon through various art practices.
Today, in the absence of group activities, where young and old have combined their might, newer idioms are being practised through individual effort. Not that the idea of artists working in groups has vanished all together; it is the spirit of pursuing a single school of thought that has taken a beating. While in the sixties the young and the aspirant modernists like Mohammad Kibria, Aminul Islam, Murtaja Baseer, Kazi Abdul Baset and many of their contemporaries set out to pursue the ‘Abstract Language’ borrowed from the West, today the younger generation artists choose to avoid such homogeneous goals. They want variations, they want newness. But, how far have they progressed in their endeavour to claim a niche of their own in the creative domain? How do they fair in the context of the rapidly changing art scene of the world? After 34 years of independence where do the artists of Bangladesh stand?
What Murtaja Baseer refers to as the art movement of their time, first made its public appearance in January 21, 1951. That was the inaugural day of the first of the two consecutive annual art exhibitions by the Dhaka Art Group, a group comprising the major artists of the country as well as the students of the Government Institute of Arts (GIA), which is now known as the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA). The show was held at the then Litton Hall, part of the Shahidullah Hall at present. “Its patron was the Prime Minister Nurul Amin himself, and the president of the Dhaka Art Group was Zainul Abedin,” says Baseer, who was then a student of elementary 1st year. The show was a combined effort by the teachers and students of the GIA. For today’s students of art academies there is no such luck of putting up a show through such collective effort where all the stalwarts of the country are active participants.
“The visitors used to swarm the exhibition. We, the students of the GIA, used to put up posters in different schools of Dhaka, and the teachers of those schools used to bring the students in groups in horse-drawn carts to the exhibition. We worked as volunteers to explain what water colour, lithograph or even oil colour meant,” recalls Baseer. At that period, when artistic activities were confined to a handful of students and teachers of the newly established GIA, the only art academy in the country till 1970, special care was needed to educate the public regarding art. GIA was established by Zainul Abedin with the help of Kamrul Hasan, Anwarul Haq and Safiuddin Ahmed in 1948. Its inception marked the beginning of the art movement that followed.
Today, the art students of the IFA can hardly imagine the need for putting up posters in the schools around
Advance-2, Shahabuddin Ahmed
Dhaka. At present, there is little activism on their part to promote art. They live in a changed situation, where the need for banding together to promote art has subsided. Today’s artists are not burdened with such duties; they can afford to invest all their energy to make art and to put up exhibitions. The movement or the organised efforts in the fifties and the sixties have certainly contributed to the situation that now exists.
“The modern art movement gained ground in the then East Pakistan, the west wing was less responsive to the influence of the West. They did not start to practice abstract art, we did,” says Baseer. Though the movement of the sixties was heavily influenced by few prominent American Abstract Expressionists like Mark Rothko or Cliford Still, it paved the way towards liberalisation. It is to this liberalisation that Bangladesh’s art owes much of its present accomplishments.
Monirul Islam, an artist who has been living in Spain since 1969 and who has become a
Composition by Nasima Haque Mitu, one who relentlessly trys to relate abstract principles with recognisable objects
national figure in that country, believes that “art transcends the national boundary, as colour, line and form has no national identity”. This very ethos has more or less governed the art world of Bangladesh since the beginning. However, there is this idea of regional identity or the question of producing art that carries the imprint of the socio-political reality of the country that has come to the surface from time to time. In the post-independence era, painter Shahabuddin, who has been residing in France for the last 21 years and the sculptor Rasha have provided the antidote of the purely aesthetic world of colour, line and form. These two artists, in their passion for depicting the legacy of the War of Independence, brought a nationalistic fervour to their art. Read the rest of this entry »
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