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A Kaleidoscopic Journey

Date: Mon 11 Apr 2005 - Mon 25 Apr 2005

Time:Inauguration: Mon 11 Apr 2005 at 12:00 AM

Venue:Bengal Shilpalaya

Dear Sir/Madam, The Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts cordially invites you to a fortnight long exhibition entitled A Kaleidoscopic Journey featuring recent oils and prints by Mohammed Fakruzzaman. The show will be inaugurated on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 6 in the evening with Professor Anisuzzaman present as special guest. We extend a warm welcome to you and your friends. - Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts Time and Venue: 6 pm, Monday, April 11, 2005 Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts Bengal Shilpalaya House 275/F, Road 27 (old), Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209 Phone: 8123115, 9113115, 9128942 Fax: 9146111 The exhibition will remain open until April 25, 2005, 12 pm to 8 pm Kindly carry the invitation card with you.

In Mohammed Fakruzzaman`s recent paintings, there are deep, dark, fathomless spaces. They have a weight, a seriousness which pulls up the viewer. These spaces seems beyond civilisation. In one painting, Untitled-1 for example, rectangles of impasted off-white oil colour cling to the edges of the canvas. These rectangles are inscribed in a s'graffito technique with the simplest diagrams of dwellings, pathways, railings. The marks are clear, childlike in their care and spontaneity and yet enigmatic too. The areas seem precarious on the canvas. They speak of early settlers, of the tentative steps of a new culture. They could easily be swallowed up by the dark ground of the canvas. The feeling could be described as a sense of foreboding or of anxiety, except that it is more a sense that what is beyond us is always there, is always bigger than us and always at the back of our minds. This gives the paintings a maturity and it underlines the sensitivity of a painter who prefers to fashion a world that speaks to us directly and in its own terms. The unease is that of the time in which we live but it is also a condition of our being. Fakruzzaman builds his civilisations on the edge of darkness in a way that demonstrates that however precarious they are, they are also extremely precious. This is partially achieved through the subtlety of the colour, which mostly comprises low-key adjacent harmonies. But there are also subtle contrasts, where an area of subdued terracotta, for example, is juxtaposed with a complementary grey blue (Untitled- 4). Such areas ensure that the paintings do not just operate on one side of the spectrum, but incorporate a far wider range of chromatic possibilities. The paintings also shift between surface and dimensionality and between plan and elevation. You are never quite sure whether you are looking down on an urban landscape from the air, or whether across and up at a series of freestanding forms. In addition, you may feel you are looking at the work at a particular scale when your eye catches a small-inscribed image and this necessitates a complete reassessment of scale. The combined effect of this is to give you a more fully dimensional view of the world that the painting creates. There is a sensitivity, a seriousness and an individuality about Mohammed Fakruzzaman`s new paintings. But above all, they generate a unique atmosphere. They are paintings about our own feelings in an uncertain world. - Ray Smith Ray Smith has been a visiting lecturer at many Art Schools, including the Chelsea School of Art and the University of Plymouth. He is also an art critic and has written and illustrated a number of award-wining books. [ www.raysmithartist.com ]

Dear Sir/Madam, The Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts cordially invites you to a fortnight long exhibition entitled A Kaleidoscopic Journey featuring recent oils and prints by Mohammed Fakruzzaman. The show will be inaugurated on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 6 in the evening with Professor Anisuzzaman present as special guest. We extend a warm welcome to you and your friends. - Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts Time and Venue: 6 ...

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A Kaleidoscopic Journey

In Mohammed Fakruzzaman`s recent paintings, there are deep, dark, fathomless spaces. They have a weight, a seriousness which pulls up the viewer. These spaces seems beyond civilisation. In one painting, Untitled-1 for example, rectangles of impasted off-white oil colour cling to the edges of the canvas. These rectangles are inscribed in a s'graffito technique with the simplest diagrams of dwellings, pathways, railings. The marks are clear, childlike in their care ...

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