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Finding Beauty in Print
2008-05-25 16:38:00
Rokeya Sultana, a well known printmaker and a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka invited me to attend a Print making workshop, “Finding Beauty in Print”. The 7-day workshop started on June 18th and was organized by the art college and sponsored by the Bengal Foundation. Two well known Printmakers, Nirmalendu ...
Lucien Freud - Take 2
2008-05-18 17:02:00
As part of my efforts to improve I have been copying the works of some master artists. Lucien Freud is one of them. I’m drawn to this self portrait of his. You can see an attempt that I made recently and one made in 2005 side by side. And though they’re ...
More About: Paper , Portrait , Dhaka , Self Portrait
I?m in a book!
2008-05-17 12:47:00
Well, it didn’t come as a surprise Friend and Photographer, Anil Advani, asked if I’d be a part of a book that he was producing for SoFoBoMo and I readily agreed. It was especially exciting as the book was to be about six artists and their art. The photo below ...
More About: Book
An artist and his muse
2008-05-14 17:59:00
Jamal Ahmed is a successful Bangladesh i artist with 41 solo exhibitions to date. Pagla has been featuring in his work for many years now. With many artists you see a recurring subject, model or colour something they keep coming back to. Do you have one? The reference for both these pieces have ...
More About: Artist , Muse , Paper , Digital
Fair & Lovely?
2008-05-08 14:13:00
We Indians, it seems, place a high value on fairness. Scan through a few matrimonial classified ads and you’ll see that a requirement that appears frequently, for a girl, is fairness. I’d thought that with our generation we would see this disappear but a recent dinner conversation reminded me that we ...
More About: Painting , Fair , Dhaka , Canvas , Acrylic
Chip off the old block
2008-05-02 17:48:00
I used a reference of my niece for this but the people I saw while painting were my two sisters!   Even now I see my sister and not her child.   Did I exaggerate the features I was familiar with till the likeness changed to resemble another person from another time? Uma WIP 10″ X 10″ acrylic ...
More About: Portrait , Canvas , Acrylic , Block , Chip
Dalai Lama
2008-04-28 16:52:00
Everyone seems to be discussing Tibet lately. Even my niece, who isn’t quite two, has been taught by her nanny to say “Free Tibet!”. The reference for this piece is the cover of a recent issue of Time Magazine. 8″ X 10″ Pen & Ink in my sketchbook. I have used a ...
More About: Drawing , Dalai Lama , Portrait , Lama
Friends and Faces, an update.
2008-04-17 14:59:00
Our first joint exhibition, ‘Friends and Faces ‘ has been a success.  It ended on March 31st and the paintings are safely back home.  We spotted listings a few times in The Daily Star, the local leading English daily, on a radio channel and everyday during the period in Prothom Alo, the local leading Bengali newspaper and this being our “first” exhibition, we were pleased with ...
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3 Blind Mice
2008-04-08 16:53:00
Three blind mice, three blind mice, See how they run, see how they run, They all ran after the farmer’s wife, Who cut off their tails with a carving knife, Did you ever see such a thing in your life, As three blind mice?
More About: Mumbai , Mice , Blind , Acrylic
Lunch break
2008-04-07 06:21:00
Winter sun, open spaces and getting away on your lunch break.
More About: Lunch , Break
Walk alone
2008-03-20 19:03:00
When there is a heavy load to bear, sometimes you need to walk alone. Inspired and named after Tagore’s beautiful, nationalistic poem, “Ekla cholo re”. It is an exhortation to follow your heart, alone if necessary. “Ekla cholo re”, 24″ X 36″ acrylic on canvas. with apologies to Tagore Walk alone If they do ...
More About: Bangladesh , Acrylic
Glass Wall
2008-03-20 18:02:00
You can look inside but you cannot be a part of it. “Glass Wall ”, 10″ X 8″ acrylic on illustration board.
More About: Acrylic
UNWA Auction Update
2008-03-13 15:55:00
The Annual UNWA Art Auction is one of the main events in the Bangladesh Art Calendar. It took place on December 7th last year. Unexpectedly, it turned out to be a juried show. I was happy to hear that my painting was amongst the 24 selected and I had many ...
More About: Update , Acrylic , Hurricane
Holy Cow!
2008-02-23 17:19:00
I’d always believed that cows were friendly docile creatures till I got chased down a busy road for patting one on its nose! That velvety nose had been so tempting, I didnt notice the horns till they were pointing in my direction! Quite obviously looks can be deceptive and so can ...
More About: Holy , Holy Cow
First Exhibition
2008-02-18 13:40:00
You are invited to come to our very first exhibition, “Friends and Faces” from March 16th to 31st at the Standard Chartered Bank, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka.   In December, the bank opened an art gallery in its main branch to encourage upcoming artists by showcasing their work. My friend Smita and I decided to take advantage of ...
More About: Life , Exhibition
Fair game?
2008-02-07 15:32:00
The teasing, taunting and sometimes worse that women have to endure while on the roads is a reality in quite a few cities in our world today. Many are the excuses that are given as if to say that in the saying it makes it alright. That she was dressed inappropriately, ...
More About: Bangladesh , Oil , Game , Fair , Dhaka
2008-01-23 13:33:00
The goal is visible yet seems so far away. “Waiting ” was an attempt at getting away from the details and realism that I was getting bogged down with. Simplify, simplify, simplify was my mantra. It is my first complete painting in 2008 and the plan is to make a larger ...
More About: Canvas
Looking forward to 2008!
2008-01-07 11:19:00
Firstly, Happy New Year! Got back from a nice, long vacation, spent with family, last night. Bob Martin, an artist I admire and who has helped me find my “painting” feet, often, in these past two years, had tagged me to list 5 little known facts about myself, then to “tag” five other artists ...
More About: Kolkata , Paper , Portrait , Freud , Forward
Flavour of the month
2007-12-13 14:59:00
We’re having people over for dinner today and suddenly there is this urge to draw.  Must be something to do with the fact that there are some chores that need to be taken care of.  While looking for the crossword puzzle in yesterdays newspaper I came across an ad promoting a music concert  “James ...
More About: Drawing , Dhaka , Month , Mont
2007-12-11 15:07:00
Mannat is one of the few people we know here in Dhaka who is below 40. Waaaay below 40, at 8 going on 9.  She is a willing model for many of her fathers photography experiments.  And I get some great references to work with. 5″ X 7″ Pen & Ink on ...
More About: Paper , Chalk
A Creative Drawing Assignment
2007-11-26 15:57:00
Drawing a portrait using “mechanical” lines is a part of the assignment given after this weeks Creative Drawing and Art Appreciation session with Javed Jalil. I chose a reference that I’ve used last week for a pen & ink. I know I shouldn’t be asking but if you squint you’ll get a ...
More About: Drawing , Portrait , Self Portrait
2007-11-23 19:16:00
A pet project over the last two years has been finding old friends online. I lost touch with Yakub when we left Bangalore in 1999 and happily located him on Facebook a couple of months ago. He looked the same and yet different. He had a stunning profile pict ...
I can get no satisfaction?..
2007-11-14 18:22:00
Brian, a fellow EDMer, had the following to say and it matches how I feel. I was sure I would not be able to express it as well and so I asked him If I could quote him here. We’re all victims of Hollywood’s romantic way of portraying things. Artists in the movies always seem ...
More About: Portrait , Dhaka , Self Portrait , Satisfaction , Sketch
UNWA Fundraiser and Exhibition
2007-11-12 18:16:00
I was delighted to receive an invitation from Nahid Osman of Art Club Bangladesh, to participate in the Annual UNWA Exhibit ion which will be held on the 7th of December 2007 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, in Dhaka. Here are the two pieces that I have entered. The photos and my resume have been ...
More About: Painting , Acrylic , Fundraiser
It?s been a long time?
2007-11-10 17:08:00
.. been a long time, Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Rock & Roll, Led Zeppelin Vacations seem to unsettle me. Now, dont get me wrong I love them like everyone else. The problem is that well before they start and for a long while after I cant get started on painting.  I’m ...
More About: Bangladesh , Time , Paper , Long , Portrait
An afternoon in Ashulia
2007-09-28 14:40:00
And now my “series” has a name! An afternoon in Ashulia. This makes it all of three pieces in my newly named series. The Ashulia Lady was accompanied by a gentleman and came down the road along with the garment factory workers. The two held themselves a little aloof from the ...
More About: India , Indian , Painting , Bangladesh , Oil
Stop or else!
2007-09-22 07:38:00
Tentative. Uncertain. Fear. Each of us has a boiling point and when we are younger we got there faster. Experience hadn’t taught us the lessons of self preservation, forbearance, good sense, patience etc. yet and we were not ready to listen to it from those who had. Hot headed, hot blooded ...
More About: Bangladesh , Stop , Dhaka , Canvas , Acrylic
Wake up!
2007-09-18 13:54:00
I think it is very childish of me but when friends and family nap in the afternoons, after a while I have this urge to go wake them up! I’m sure I must’ve done it too when I was younger but manage to restrain myself now!  She does look relaxed though doesn’t ...
More About: Bangladesh , Oil , Mumbai , Wake , Dhaka
My first Sale!
2007-09-14 19:59:00
Earlier last month I was left a comment on one of my posts indicating an interest in purchasing the drawing “Mother and Child” or a print. Initially, I wasnt sure whether it was a spam comment and while I was trying to make up my mind I was contacted again. I decided ...
More About: Life , Sale
Ashulia series
2007-09-08 14:43:00
I’ve just finished the second Ashulia portrait and I’m already calling it a series Oil on a 10″ X 12″ canvas board.  Photo reference copyright Anil Advani used with permission.
More About: Series , Portrait , Dhaka
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