A month long solo painting exhibition paying tribute to legendary boxer Mohammad Ali began on July 30 at Bay's Gallery in Radius Centre, in the capital's Gulshan. There are 32 paintings by Proshanto Karmakar tracing Ali's life from youth to old age.
The series of paintings epitomise the great boxer's triumphs over his opponents and portray intense moments inside the ring. One portrait reveals Ali's face against a red backdrop, so that it stands out like a man about to strike. In another painting, he outwits his opponent with red gloves and Ali appears to be the uncontested winner. The dynamic hues bring the great fighter into life, springing him into action through each portrait. However the paintings are more than just about victories – one of the portraits, painted in blue tones against a red background, mulls over right or wrong as the viewer is faced with the uncertainty of whether the fighter will win or lose.