Burst of colours

Imtiaz Salim writes how a group of seven aspiring artists pulled up a fascinating art exhibition in the last week of August to motivate others and themselves to sustain their creative aspirations collectively

Photos by Saad Hammadi

A group of seven aspiring artists has for the first time braved out of their closets to display their artworks to the public through an exhibition they collectively hosted in Gulshan in the last week of August. The exhibition titled ‘Carousel of Chaos’ was abuzz with a crowd full young enthusiasts and aficionados of art.
There is a notion that visitors of painting exhibitions are from a different planet and they understand art the way an ordinary person cannot. These young artists aspired to break those false notions and let the young people enjoy the painting and draw their own definitions from the work. Perhaps that is how the interest for art would grow and they will be more driven to visit such exhibitions, believes 27-year-old Tanvir Ahmed, who works at a textile group and has grown a penchant for painting over the last six months.
Ahmed produced a number of his works that have underlying messages, as well as direct and abstract forms. The rest of the artists too have produced a variety of artwork ranging from the classical and traditional to the realistic, surrealistic and abstract by using oil, acrylic, water colour and mixed media. Some have produced painting on canvas, while others produced their painting and calligraphy on souvenirs such as bookmarks and notepads.
‘We have brought arts, crafts, food and music together so that people would come and enjoy every piece of the arrangements and talk to the artists about their artworks and their artistic ideology and even can buy their stuffs,’ says 21-year-old Inaka Mahmud, an artist and co-host of the event. A second year student of economics at the North South University, Mahmud has used different media including acrylic and water colour for her paintings, one of which has taken her two years. But there are also paintings that she has produced in six hours.
Both Mahmud and Ahmed say that the time to produce a painting is very subjective and varies on many circumstantial dynamics including the mental state.
‘My artworks recite my exploration around the world. I usually take the learning as content of my paintings whenever I travel,’ says Ahmed who considers painting as a form of expression than a hobby.
One of Ahmed’s many paintings at the exhibition was a car titled ‘The Communist’. ‘The Communist is showing just a car, but this picture tells how in the city like Prague (capital of Czech Republic) it was not easy to own a car even if you had enough money,’ he shares his mind behind the painting but stresses that he prefers the viewers to draw their own perception.
Humaira Shams and her sister Sarah set up a stall with different types of merchandises such as bookmarks, mugs, purse, bags and cosmic stickers under the banner ‘Made with Love’. ‘My sister and I both have liked painting things since our childhood. Calligraphy is another way of art which impelled me to make these crafts,’ says Shams who is a business student at BRAC University. In her crafts Humaira used different quotations and song lyrics on thematic background.
Marzana Mahmood, a 20-year-old law student has been engaged in paintings since 2003. She has come up with her paintings that tell about the natural scenario of the country as well as the emotions of the women who always stay at home. ‘Through my works I just wanted to portray how girls are surviving in the surrounding of conservative mindsets. Their emotions and their untold miseries can be seen in their face,’ Marzana shares with New Age Youth. She used oil painting, acrylic and water colour in her paintings.
Nudrat Khan, a 21-year-old is a student of General Arts and Science in Mohawk College in Canada. Nudrat has brought up some drift style paintings which are much abstract. ‘None of my artworks is specific something. I just played through the colours and finally they have become attractive,’ she says. ‘The most interesting thing is in such paintings I have no control over how it would look like or how the shape would come out. I cannot redo them even if I want. It’s all about mixing paints and thinner and shake them around the surface,’ she adds.
A student of sociology in Canada, 21-year-old Kaynat Chowdhury is a paper marbling artist, which is a method of aqueous surface design that can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The patterns are the result of colour floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric.
‘These all contain abstract meaning. You just mix colours and play with it in the canvas using your hands, and you will never know how it is going to turn out. But, ultimately it will look very attractive,’ says Kaynat. Like others, this is also her first exhibition but she used to sell her paintings online.
‘I posted some of my works online. Once a French guy bought one of my works and this is how I grew my interest,’ she says. ‘While looking at my works some were asking how I made them and when I told them they started showing their interests to do such things together. This is how your influence remains,’ she adds.
Such exhibitions can help the youth to grow more interests in doing arts both passionately and professionally. ‘This is more like a carnival where everyone is coming and having a chit chat with the artists. If anyone is interested to buy an artwork he or she can directly knock the artists,’ says Shams.
‘The market is still new to the mainstream society and we should change the approach to the market. It is not necessary you [that] have to buy the arts but at least let people grow interest in heading towards such event which can gradually make a change of the market,’ Ahmed affirms.

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