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12:00 AM, April 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 20, 2018

Portraying the imagery of memory

Azmeer Hossain's solo show at Shilpangan

Under the title “From The Pages of Memory”, dedicated artist Azmeer Hossain's fourth solo art exhibition is now on at Shilpangan Gallery, Dhanmondi in Dhaka. Eminent artist Monirul Islam inaugurated the exhibit as chief guest on April 16. Renowned art critic Moinuddin Khaled presided over the inaugural ceremony while Advocate Nahid Mahtab was present as special guest.

Azmeer is a diligent artist and loves to experiment technicality together with compositional pattern in his works. He passed his childhood on the banks of Buriganga, Dhaka and stayed in the Coney Island, New York in his youth for pursuing academic studies. The voyager would stop by the bank of the Buriganga or the Hudson, roam around the beaches of Coney Island, USA and Inani, Cox's Bazar for outdoor works. Going down memory lane, he depicted numerous paintings of landscape, cityscape and mindscape.

The blissful memories play passionately in Azmeer's works. The compositional beauty and maturity is obvious in his vertical works while his horizontal ones evoke depth as he depicted the minute details of his semi-abstract and abstract styled paintings. Diverse aspects of nature like the sky, horizon, lake, sunlight, twilight, moonlight create fantastic illusion in his artworks. Geometric forms and shapes, architectural designs and a complex presentation of cityscape meet the sun-setting beach or the bank of river. Multitude diagonal beauty is another aspect of his works.

The artist masterfully uses watercolour and mixed media like watercolour with acrylic, oil and white pen for creating layers and lines. One can easily get amazed at his mastery of tonal gradation and asymmetrical lines that ultimately generate a compositional harmony. Use of white (watercolour) and keeping white paper coupled with the mysterious game of light and shades using dark hues have made his artworks an outstanding quality. In a word, a conspicuous connotation of modernity is noticeable in his 50 paintings on display.

“What can an artist do to bring novelty in his/ her display of works? In our country I personally regard eminent artists –Monirul Islam, Mohammad Eunus and Kalidas Karmakar – as composition masters. Their every work is unique as they ceaselessly think, play and experiment with it. If I cannot come out the cocoon of conventional composition, my paintings will stick to some certain level. So, I have tried to bring novelty and modernity in my composition,” said Azmeer Hossain.

The exhibition, opening from 3pm to 8pm daily, will continue till April 30.

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