A SHORT WALKTHROUGH OF RENOWNED ARTIST ZAHANGIR ALOM’S LATEST EXHIBITION THAT PLAYS WITH NATURE’S ABSTRACT FORMS
Renowned artist Zahangir Alom’s hopes, dreams and vitality are irresistible. He keeps himself busy celebrating life through the pleasures of worldly creations. His devotion and dedication are attached to paintings only.
His 3rd solo exhibition, ‘Songs of the Soul’, portrays the impression of his continuous practice and transition. He created the artworks from the core of his heart, filled with creative pleasures. The exhibition, which took place on 03 November 2023, at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka, Dhanmondi, reflected mostly semi-abstract pieces that blended themes of feminism, music and poetry. This series of artwork honours Bengali folk painting with Bengali Sarachitra. Artist Zahangir Alom’s substantial experience as ‘Resident Artist’ of Oriental Painting Studio is exhibited in his unique quality of colour mixing in the paintings.
The paintings represent images of flowers in abstract forms. Here the colour comes with the charming message of form. His work celebrates nature in his own style of watercolour wash. The art lovers at the exhibition felt the beauty of each character and element in his artworks. The inner flowers, feminine characters, trees and foliage are blended in an imagined alchemy. Created through traditional wash method, the paintings also reflect a mix of three-dimensional colour play. Though Zahangir has acquired his skill through devoted practice and observing the work of oriental artists in the Oriental Painting Studio, he has created his own style and technique, which is a combination of traditional wash method and Western Tertiary colour coating.
Anis A. Khan, Member of the Board of Governors, Society for the Promotion of Bangladesh Art, Prof. Mohammad Eunus, Chairman of Art Bangla Foundation, Zareen Mahmud Hosein, Director of Shasha Denims Limited graced and other esteemed guests graced the exhibition with their presence. Prof. Dr. Malay Bala, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University fittingly curated the exhibition. The guests were awed by his paintings that create their own worlds coloured in red, blue, yellow, orange and black with the same level of brightness. The paintings perfectly personified the monsoon – rain-drenched nature, the smell of the earth and the colour of the air, all saturated in the melody of nature’s music.
Art Photographs: Mohosin Kabir
Artist Photo: Rupom Chowdhury