Painter Azmeer Hossain’s fifth solo exhibition “The Beckoning Horizon,” which began on June 18, is still underway at the Edge Gallery in Dhaka’s Gulshan, showcasing an enchanting collection of abstract works.
Hosted by Edge, The Foundation, the exhibition features 62 paintings by the artist.
Eminent Bangladeshi artists Hamiduzzaman Khan, Mohammad Eunus, Biren Shome, Afrozaa Jamil Konka and others were present at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which is displaying more than 50 pictures painted in watercolour while the rest of the paintings are made using acrylic and mixed media.
Biren Shome said: “Azmeer’s multidimensional paintings are made with unbelievable perfection, and we can visualise that these artworks were created with his utmost dedication and passion.”
Mohammad Eunus said: “Putting layers on a painting is an immensely tough craft, and Azmeer made some of these masterfully crafted paintings by working on layers after layers until perfection. His artistic style and artworks earned him wide acclamation both at home and beyond.”
The Horizon and Mindscape paintings in the exhibition, which are abstract works, are unique in the country’s art sphere. The artist’s watercolour painting of Old Dhaka is cloudy at times, transcending the melancholia into its visuals.
Various scenes including beaches in Bangladesh, and herds of cows, representing the rural landscape and narratives, have appeared on the large canvas in the series. This series also includes images of sampans of various colours lined up on the beach, a primitive black sky, and sampans and white gannets hovering over the fennel waves.
The pieces continue to draw visitors in, as if on a voyage through time, and in some cases, back to cosmic origins.
The Monsoon series in this exhibition are watercolours discovering a near hyper-real landscape, with unseen details in the existing usage of watercolour methods in the past.
The exhibition will continue till July 6.