Italy-based Bangladeshi artist displays his latest worksMusfequr Rahman
Italy based Bangladeshi artist Uttam Kumar Karmakar’s ongoing solo exhibition titled ‘Sensibility, Love and Art’ at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Art in Dhanmondi is a nice treat for the for the art connoisseurs. This is his second solo art show in Dhaka, who had earlier exhibited 15 solos abroad.
Karmakar, who has been living in Rome for the past 23 years, expresses his experience of diverse cultures and unfurling emotions on the canvases- sometimes in vivid colours and sometimes in mild and subdued colours. As a deep observer of nature, Karmakar’s spontaneous work demystifies limiting ideas of nation state and time, and sees art as having universal appeal.
A total of fifty one artworks done in acrylic, mixed media and charcoal drawing are on display at the show. They are the outcome of his past one month’s works. His lively paintings and compact compositions prove his deep commitment in practicing freedom in creativity without compromises.
With spontaneous and powerful brush-strokes, Karmakar underlines exquisiteness, calmness and opulent nature, while deliberately subduing themes like hypocrisy, cruelty and ugliness, so as not to undermine purity.
Two of his paintings, brought from Italy, titled ‘Floating’ and ‘River’ attained visitors’ acclaim. The abstract painting ‘Floating’ shows various amorphous objects painted with wide brush-strokes in vivid colours, resembling the insecure, unpredictable and transitory life of human beings. In the acrylic painting ‘River’, Karmakar presents a river in a purely abstract form, as he depicts the essence and beauty of a mighty river.
Karmakar experimented with enamel on canvas to depict a face of a buffalo in the painting titled ‘Loving Animal’. His fabulous charcoal drawings ‘Waiting’ and ‘Drawing’ and acrylic paintings ‘Somebody stronger then you!’, ‘Dream’, ‘Construction in Dhaka’, ‘Anguish’, ‘Women-1’ and ‘Colourful Dhaka’ attract visitors’ attention.
His fabulous paintings, in diverse styles and techniques, emphasized the artist's liberty to convey attitudes and emotions through non-traditional means. His works are also a synthesis of abstraction and figurative expression in art, since his creations combine both forms by making strong references to the real world and synthesizing them with departures from reality.
The exhibition, which began on April 20, will remain open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm till May 1.
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