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Artworks of different ages on display

Ziaul Hasan

Monirul Islam’s Hope Comes and Goes Away, oil on paper, on display at the exhibition.Monirul Islam’s Hope Comes and Goes Away, oil on paper, on display at the exhibition.

Artworks by the representatives of five decades of Bangladesh are now under a roof at the Athena Gallery of Fine Arts at Badda.
The month-long exhibition titled Then and Now features 28 artworks by 26 noted artists. The show displays the gradual changes in the country’s art field presenting artworks of living seasoned artists to upcoming young artists.  
Seasoned artists like Monirul Islam, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Mohammad Eunus, Jamal Ahmed,
Sahid Kabir, Mohammad Maniruzzaman, Mahmudul Haque, Syed Abdullah Khalid, Nasreen Begum have used their signature style in their paintings. For instance, Monirul Islam shows his usual style
of abstract art in his oil on paper painting Hope Comes and Goes Away, which shows an array of colours like blue, green and brown creating a feeling of loneliness.
Another senior artist Nasreen Begum’s signature style of using oriental styles of vivid colour is apparent in her acrylic on canvas painting titled Mirpur Badhyabhumi. The painting depicts the monument at Mirpur Killing field is jam-packed with millions of bakul flower. The dominance of deep red colour reminds the viewers of the blood-spattered days of the war of independence. 
However, some of the young artists have used off-track mediums seldom used by other artists.  Mohammad Wahiduzaman, for example, has used artificial hair and resin on his artwork titled Readymade: Version Search. The artwork shows depressed family members holding the photographs of the relatives they lost in the Rana Plaza tragedy in Savar.
Artist Mahbubur Rahman, on the other hand, has used leather from army boots and gold coated brass to make his sculpture titled Story of A Girl 2, which is a statue of a severed cow head with some brass cockroaches crawling on it. While young artist Biswajit Goswami has used logs and nails in his installation titled Cinderella Slippers.
Then and Now does not limit to any particular subject matter but deals with various issues like the spirit of the war of independence, women emancipation, nature, human life, and others regardless the age of the artists. An oil on canvas painting titled Path of the Enlightened by Kanak Chapa Chakma shows Buddhist monks walking and praying.                                  
Young artist Atia Islam Anne deals with women issues. Her painting reveals faces of two women - one covering her face behind a veil while the other is wearing a helmet. The woman wearing helmet shows victory sign upholding women’s urge for freedom from all bondage.
Artist Jamal Ahmed has captured the struggles of human life in his mixed media on canvas painting Against the Rain which shows a man and woman under a single umbrella making a their way is stormy weather.       
The other artists at the exhibition are Mohammd Tokon, Ahmed Samsuddoha, Rokeya Sultana, Syed Hasan Mahmud, Saidul Haque Juise, Fareha Zeba, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Anisuzzaman, Firoz Mahmud, Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, Bipasha Hayat, and Shubho Saha.                   
Athena Gallery has organsied the exhibition in celebration of the upcoming second Dhaka Art Summit. Inaugurated on February o4, the exhibition will remain open from 10:00am to 12:00pm till February 28.




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