Contemporary art gallery Shilpangan has organised a group art exhibition, titled, 'Echoes from the Hills', featuring exquisite works by nine artists. The displayed artworks articulate the simple lifestyle of the hilly people. The artists have meticulously depicted the untainted landscapes together with the hilly people's connection with nature.
Participating artists at the exhibition are: Anuku Majumdar, Ariful Islam, Shohag Parvez, Kamruzzoha, Mahmudur Rahman Dipon, Mong Mong Sho, Karu Titas, Shahnoor Mamun and Rashed Kamal Russel. Beginning on December 29, the exhibition will run until January 9.
Pahari Jibon Akkhan 3 by Ariful Islam
This watercolour painting gives a glimpse into the life of hilly people and their society. Years back, the artist went on a trip to Bandarban where he observed the mother-centric Mong society and depicted the lifestyle and working women of Mong people on the canvas.
Talking about the painting Ariful Islam told The Business Standard, "I was roaming around a village in Ruma Bazaar, and what inspired me to create this painting is that peaceful and free lifestyle of the Mong. I have tried to capture the serenity of nature and the coexistence of a happy life."
The painting portrays Mong village and houses. Two women figures in their traditional attires dominate the canvas where the blue sky on the horizon meets the greenery.
Kothao Keo Nei by Kamruzzoha
The artwork portrays the landscape of a hill and a small house gleamed in the vastness of green. Presence of different shades of green soothes the eyes.
The artist has shown the beauty of hill tracts through each shade of the colour green. He recalled, "Last year I visited Bandarban and other hilly areas of the country and I painted the work instantly as I was awestruck with the vegetation and beauty of the hills."
The Courtyard Memory 3 by Mong Mong Sho
This 38x56cm watercolour painting, illustrated on arches paper, represents the mighty hill tops and its surroundings. Emerging artist Mong Mong Sho has a profound understanding of nature and fond memories of Bandarban. Most of his paintings are about river, landscape, and nature.
Mong said, "I grew up on the hill tracks, thus, painting nature, trees, and landscape of hilly areas come to me naturally. I enjoy painting landscapes."