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Noticing the Unnoticed: Experiencing Nature Through Canvas
Zahir Hossain's 7th solo exhibition in Yokohama
Published :Monday, 9 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13
Zahir Hossain's 7th solo exhibition in YokohamaTakir Hossain
Zahir Hossain, considered one of the most dedicated among contemporary Bangladeshi painters, has a passion for demonstrating the splendour of nature and its innermost beauty. He also concentrates on many aspects of nature and the painter always tries to explore the beauty which is not really noticeable. He believes that we are all part of nature, but some of us closely observe nature with intense passion. The unnoticed feature of nature
As a contemplative artist, Zahir muses on the consistency of colours, smooth textures and amazing features. For their unique application on the canvas, the colours come across as lively, sometimes subdued and the forms as well as compositions come into view with magnificent adornment. The painter likes to work on big canvases. This orients him towards work that can simply be categorised as fervent and courageous. He invests considerable time on each painting. He is very meticulous about creating the ground of the canvas. At first, the painter applies colours directly -- piling them up thick, and at times thin -- on the canvas, and tries to create an image that is dynamic and has appealing texture and sensuous tones.
Zahir began his career as a pure naturist painter, demonstrating the scenic world with its rich profusion of colours, views, light, shade and tranquility. His works mostly feature different types of birds, shrubbery and flowers. He has also been busy exploring the beauty of aquatic life. He also prefers seasonal changes, quiet landscapes, growing leaves and more. He also focuses on boats. He draws forms of boats that resemble the impression of a new moon or crescent. He maintains a good balance between colour and forms. The interplay of darkness and light is another significant characteristic of his works.
Solitude is one of the vital components which come to his works in a solemn mood and this unique characteristic is very much highlighted. Most of his abstract landscapes contain a symbolism that alludes to peace and hope in nature. Most of his works have been done in oil and a few are acrylic. He has used plein air technique and focuses his attention on impressive phenomena such as soft light and drizzle, which reflects his detailed study on nature and its mysterious aspects.
Currently the painter seems more aware of space and disparity of colours. His mode of expression is now pure abstract expressionism. His works are expressive due to the effective use of space in his paintings. Zahir likes to experiment with colour in all its various facets. He has also concentrated on a number of objects of nature. He has given adequate time to the objects as his in-depth study on the amalgamation of colours and objects. His paintings create an expression on the essence of a colour and what the colour really means.
Zahir's purpose has been to capture the splendour of nature which has not been visibly observed. His search for beauty and for contemplation on nature has influenced him to hold up in his paintings a blithe picture of nature. Many of his canvases are lavish in abstract images of colour.
Zahir's paintings are more or less confines of very limited colours like azure, yellow, mauve and crimson. It is apparent that his study on the shades proffered by nature is a very awe-inspiring feature in his paintings where there are colours present in all kinds of mind-puzzling compositions.
Zahir involved himself in the contemporary art movement of Bangladesh with zeal, courage and creativity. He always feels comfortable working with a large canvas according to his theme and composition. His work is clarified by a powerful engagement with object and space. He has played with texture and illusion for the surface effects. Space has been created on the canvas although some of the colours have appeared flat in his works. The tonal plus linear approach gives his work a different quality and distinct look.
Zahir Hossain Newton's 7th solo painting exhibition titled "Musing on Nature" is now on at Exhibition Corner, Earth Plaza, Kanagawa in Yokohama, Japan. The exhibition was inaugurated on November 1 and will continue till November 14.

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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