May 23, 2013 | 03:30 AM (BD Time)
23 May, 2013 Thursday
Sheikh Arif Bulbon:
Canada expatriate Bangladeshi painter Alamgir Huque has been passing his time to transform himself stylistically at present. But he always stayed close to his affinity with nature.
Born in 1953, artist Alamgir Huque completed BFA in drawing and painting from the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University in 1975, while earned MFA from MS University of Baroda of India in 1979. He has so far hosted 15 solo exhibitions apart from participating in many group shows in Bangladesh and Canada besides, Australia, England, China, India, Malaysia, USA and Poland.
Artist Alamgir Haque remained active in Bangladeshi art arena till the late 80’s before moving to Canada in 1990 and settling in Saskatchewan province, a veritable prairie-land of the Canadian backyard.
His solo exhibition titled “Feeling Nature” was held at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in the city’s Dhanmondi area recently.
Basically in the exhibition, the artist showcased printmaking technique. The displayed artworks have quite a significant amount of aesthetic appeal, in the sense that those are richly vibrant, vivacious and fascinating to the eye and the soul with ingredients of nature-based elements and suggestions.
The different types of printmaking mediums like etching, acquaint or waterless litho (new technique for Dhaka art scene) have special influence on his works.
The artist’s style has transitioned from semi-abstract toward pure abstraction. He incorporates visual symbols, which refer to ideas or experiences in the same way maps refer to specific locations. He assembles these images to highlight their natural beauty and abstracted form, shape, colour, texture and placement in the landscape. Each painting is a synthesis of the varied cultural influences that have shaped the artist visual consciousness. These influences converge and create ordered complexity to convey a simple message.
Alamgir Haque is simply fascinated by the rich and diverse seasonal bounties of the Bengal. Yellow and orange for spring, gold for autumn, while green or blue for the rest of the year play important symbolic roles in his artistic compositions.
The works are not weird but of abstract expressionist type in which different elements and categories of nature are combined so as to present a global imagery of the eco-system. With the wet tropical climate of Bangladesh comes the temperate, cold arctic weather of Canada. n
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