May 23, 2013 | 12:49 PM (BD Time)
23 May, 2013 Thursday
Sensibility, love and art
Sheikh Arif Bulbon:
Uttam Kumar Karmaker has been living in Italy for the last 23 years. He expresses his experience of diverse cultures and expanding emotions on the canvases at his solo exhibition titled “Sensibility, Love and Art” held at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts recently.
This is his second solo art show in Dhaka, who had earlier exhibited 15 solo exhibitions abroad. Uttam in his artworks, presented sometimes in vivid colours and sometimes in mild and subdued colours. As a deep observer of nature, the artist spontaneous work demystifies limiting ideas of nation state and time and sees art as having universal appeal.
The exhibition was jointly inaugurated by noted art critic and Ambassador of Italy to Bangladesh Giorgio Guglielmino and eminent artist Hashem Khan. Director of the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts Subir Chowdhury, artist Uttam Kumar Karmakar, among others, were also present on the occasion.
A total of 52 artworks of Uttam done in acrylic, mixed media and charcoal drawing were on display at the show. Those artworks were resultant of the outcome of Uttam’s 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, Uttam underlines delicacy, calmness and affluent nature, while deliberately subduing themes like hypocrisy, cruelty and ugliness, so as not to undermine purity.
Uttam’s fabulous paintings, in diverse styles and techniques, emphasised 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.
Uttam’s pictorial experimentation goes through expressionism, abstractionism, finding in figurative representation even a chance to check.
In the visual flow that surrounds the feelings in the gesture - the projection of the subconscious - to pull itself on the surface of the canvas, seconded by warm and bright colours, where the blue is a presence full of meanings.
Two of Uttam’s paintings, brought from Italy, titled ‘Floating’ and ‘River’ attained visitors’ acclaim. The abstract painting titled ‘Floating’ shows various formless objects painted with wide brush-strokes in vivid colours, resembling the insecure, unpredictable and transitory life of human beings.
In the acrylic painting titled ‘River’, Uttam presents a river in a purely abstract form, as he depicts the essence and beauty of a mighty river. n
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