Athena Gallery of Fine Arts displays its collectionsCultural Correspondent
Athena Gallery of Fine Arts is displaying selected paintings from its collections at the gallery in Badda. The month-long show displays about 50 artworks by 20 noted and promising artists.
The show gives a glimpse of the country’s art history featuring paintings created in the post war of independence era in different mediums portraying a wide range of subject matters.
The viewers can watch classics by the master artists like Zainul, Sultan and Quamrul and experimental works by the leading contemporary artists.
The exhibition displays Shilpachariya Zainul Abedin’s painting titled Sitting which depicts a woman sitting with a small yellow bird. The kind of melancholy suggested in the gloomy face and in the sitting posture of the woman is sure to touch the hearts of the visitors.
A rural woman with muscular body that might contradict the actual puny health of the villagers of the country has been depicted by SM Sultan in his untitled oil painting. The painting on display illustrates some women along with few other equally hulky men working together in a paddy field of a village.
Another artwork at the exhibition is an acrylic painting by professor Nasreen Begum titled Red Cactus 03. The image of a beautiful young woman in crimson red sari intertwined with a red cactus portrays the pains within a woman.
A satire of the socio-political scenario of the country is also on display through Rafiqun Nabi’s signature character Tokai. In the caricature, Tokai has been depicted talking to a same age upper class boy who is trying to teach English to Tokai. However, the cartoon presents a stern realistic aspect as Tokai asks him whether his speaking English can fill his empty stomach.
Broken Faith by artist Kanak Chapa Chakma is another painting on display at the show. Painted in mixed media, the painting shows a human figure lying on the ground surrounded by inscriptions of some very striking descriptions of war, bloodshed, man slaughter and oppression.
However, a very jovial side of human life has been depicted in Parvez Hasan’s acrylic on canvas painting titled Swing. The painting depicts a little rural boy swinging in mid air on a swing tied to a tree. The sheer childhood joy of swinging has been portrayed through the heavenly smile in the boy’s face.
Began on December 25, the exhibition will remain open from 10:00am to 8:00pm except Mondays for everybody till January 25.
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