The Clifton Art gallery was on Friday host to an exhibition of semi-abstract paintings by Jahangir Hossain, a visiting artist from Bangladesh.
The 43 works of the artist, adorning the walls of the gallery were mostly in black and white. Works of oil-on-canvas dominated the pieces on display, but there were also acrylics-on-paper and charcoal-on-dry-pastel.
Since Hossain’s primary aim was to translate emotions, the figures in his paintings were stylistic rather than realistic. His works were a subtle representation of the relationship of man with nature.
He reflected on the challenges presented by modern society, however, given the nature of his artwork one really had to strain their imagination to figure what the artist was trying to convey.
More than a balm for the vision, it was an absolute brain teaser and required the viewer to have an overly fertile imagination.
His images mostly comprised semi-nude women, horses and very surrealistic form of architectural structures. For instance, there was a work showing a woman nude above the waist gazing at the moon as if worshiping it.
There were surrealistic structures of high rises and other buildings which conveyed the challenges of urbanisation.
A number of paintings also depicted women carrying pots of water, a favourite trend among artists in the sub-continent to depict rural life.
Hossain a freelance painter in Dhaka since 1989, holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka and has held exhibitions in the UK, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the UAE. The exhibition would go on until the March 31.