AFD pays tribute to Fokhrul IslamNazia Nusrat Adnin
Alliance Française de Dhaka pays tribute to the late artist Mohammad Fokhrul Islam by arranging the artist’s solo exhibition showcasing 29 paintings by the artist at La Galerie, which also includes some of his previously unseen works.
As part of the exhibition titled ‘Shadows and light’, a discussion on life, works and achievements of the late artist Islam was also organised on Friday at AFD.
In his paintings spiritual world is present in metaphysical forms. The exhibition brings the visitors a huge opportunity to watch more intimately Fokhrul’s unique works dominated by black lines and tones which create a mysterious ambience on canvas.
The compositions, on display, are done on paper with printing ink blended with mustard oil to bring mystic flavour. He depicts devout world using lines, dots, narrow surface and dark shades.
Many of his displayed compositions portray silence and emptiness of nature through lines, points, dots and empty spaces. Visitor can find simplicity of nature from the effects of light and shades that exist in these painting in such unique technique with style.
Nature and natural calamities such as cyclone, tornados and storm appears in Fokhrul’s works repeatedly. One such painting on display portrays dark sky covered by storm. Blend of dark shades creates the sense of violent nature. Obstinate and wrought textures of the composition are noteworthy.
Landscape is one of his major themes on canvas. Woodland, greeneries, and exquisite parts of nature have been painted by the artist on flat surface of canvas. In terms of style and methods Fokhrul is very distinguish while portraying landscape.
The setting sun gets artistic look by the artist. Golden and black shades with architectural lines and geometric forms in a displayed composition make the art piece sophisticated. Zigzag lines of this painting seem like stairs which reminds the visitors the famous song called ‘Stairway to heaven’ by Led Zeppelin. Thus, this is the success of philosophical artist to provide the visitors with a mystic feeling.
Born in 1964 in Dhaka, artist Fokhrul Islam, completed MFA from ceramics department from Dhaka University. His journey as an artist began in 1990s as a ceramic artist but eventually he found interest in painting and had received many awards for his paintings. Fokhrul had displayed his works in the countries like India, Pakistan, Italy, France, China and Japan.
Beginning on July 10, the exhibition will remain open for all from 3: pm to 8:00 pm except Sundays till tomorrow.
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