Athena Gallery opens with a grand show
Athena Gallery, at Badda, started its journey by organising a grand exhibition featuring 150 artworks by three generations of artists.
The exhibition displays some rare pieces by master artists like Patua Quamrul Hassan and Rashid Chowdhury, avant garde works of internationally acclaimed artists like Monirul Islam and Shahabuddin Ahmed, and even experimental works by contemporary artists.
The exhibition not only represents some quality works of artists belonging to different eras, but also creates an opportunity for art lovers to compare the nature of the works of the representatives of different periods, from 1950s to present time.
The show offers 150 artworks in different mediums including paintings, drawings, sculptures, printmaking, oriental, ceramic works, installations and tapestry, by 67 prominent and promising artists.
Quamrul Hassan’s fabulous drawings show women, farmers, river, boats and nature. Artworks of Murtaja Baseer, Qayyum Chowdhury, late Rashid Chowdhury, all born in 1932, are on display. Qayyum Chowdhury’s watercolour work ‘Liberty’, in vivid colours, highlights the rural Bangla where even children have to fight to ensure their fundamental rights.
Rural Bangla, serenity and translucent nature, women, rivers, harvesting, rural fairs, the war of independence, social political issues and crisis, protest, love, emotion, self emancipation, natural calamity and many more contemporary issues are being transported into the artworks.
One of the two tapestries by Rashid Chowdhury called ‘Composition-12’ shows an amorphous form and Murtaja Baseer’s oil painting titled ‘The Wing’ depicts the essence of butterflies’ wings, attracting viewers.
Monirul Islam’s fabulous painting ‘Green Heaven’, on display at the left of the entrance, depicts a scene of a recreational area saturated with green. The symbolic acrylic painting, done on corrugated board as canvas, shows hope, aspiration and origin of life.
Shahabuddin Ahmed’s oil painting ‘Joy Bangla’, on display opposite, shows the fierce spirit of a freedom fighter to win over atrocities of war. Artworks of Syed Jahangir, Mustafa Monwar, Abu Taher, Rafiqun Nabi, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Kalidas Karmakar, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Biren Shome, Shahid Kabir, Monsurul Karim, Shahid Kabir, Naima Haque, Farida Zaman, Mohammad Iqbal and others gave the exhibition a comprehensive look.
The grand show also displays abstract, semi abstract, figurative works, various soft and hard themes, vivid and subdued colour paintings by young artists like Biswajeet Goshwami, Wahiduzzaman, Tejosh Haldar Josh and others.
The gallery also plans to enrich its collection by including more works by Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, SM Sultan and Safiuddin Ahmed from the personal collection of Nilu Murshed, chairperson of the Athena Gallery.
The exhibition, which began on June 9, will remain open from 11:00am to 8:00pm till July 29.