Artists work together to promote printmakingCultural Correspondent
The leading and promising artists of the country are working together to popularise the print as a medium.
With this target they are taking part in a workshop to make a portfolio of the contemporary print works of the country.
Organised by Cosmos at its studio at Mouchak, 14 prominent and promising artists are working together to publish the portfolio Vision of Reality. Besides, the workshop brings these like-minded artists under one roof who share their thoughts on improving the medium.
Some of the participants of the month-long workshop are big names in printmaking like Biren Shome, Nagarbasi Burman, Kalidas Karmakar.
Though they are not known as printmakers, noted sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan and painter Shamarjit Roy Chowdhury are taking part in the endeavour.
However, promising artists and printmakers including Bishwajit Goswami, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Anisuzzaman, Ashit Mitra, Prosanta Karmakar, Azmeer Hossain, Sourav Chowdhury, Dilip Kumar Karmakar and Forhad Hossain who are working to make the portfolio.
The artists and printmakers are working specially on the etching techniques of printmaking medium. The etching technique is a process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio in the metal.
Noted printmaker Biren Shome told New Age that he was pleased to be given an opportunity to work with the eminent and the young artists of other mediums. ‘It is always a pleasure for me to make prints. And it becomes more enjoyable when I get to work with the talented young generation and other artists,’ shared Shome.
Though printmaking is not a main staff for the eminent sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan, the artist said that he was quite enjoying printmaking. ‘It was an experiment for me to join the printmaking workshop and now I am really enjoying working with the medium,’ said Khan, who also thinks that the young artists of the country are doing a great work in printmaking.
The young yet promising artists who are participating at the workshop also shared their satisfaction of working with the big names. Promising printmaker, Ashit Mitra is working hard from morning to evening to come up with some splendid print works. ‘It is an exciting opportunity to work with the country’s prominent figures in printmaking and art in general and to share the same studio with them,’ expressed Mitra, who have completed MFA in printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
Sourav Chowdhury, a painter who completed his masters from UODA in painting, said that printmaking is a new venture for him. ‘The process of etching is quite lengthy and difficult, but I still love doing it,’ said Chowdhury.
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