Vol. 5 Num 1046 Sat. May 12, 2007  

A unique array of superb compositions
Saju's culling of talents

The ongoing group exhibition at Saju's art gallery, gathering the works of 100 artists, is indeed an impressive one. It includes the stirring works of acknowledged masters like Zainul Abedin, SM Sultan, Quamrul Hassan and Mohammad Kibria. It brings in a splendid array of paintings by younger artists too, like KM Mithu and Javed Jalil.

Zainul Abedin's Rebel Cow with its thick masterly strokes portrays a cow struggling against a rope , with its head down and tail swishing. SM Sultan's Farmers presents farmers with bulging biceps, working in the paddy fields, sickles in their hands. Black cows are seen in Quamrul Hassan's Rest. Long horns and enormous eyes make the simple geometrical creation a unique one indeed. Abstract blocks of black, gray and sepia are found in Mohammad Kibria's Untitled. With soft, jade and royal blue strokes Qayyum Chowdhury paints an idyllic Nepalese landscape.

Rafiqun Nabi , with stark, black lines, depicts a dramatic composition of A Broken Bridge. Dreamlike and enigmatic is The Moon of Mars by Monirul Islam, with its fascinating bars of flamingo pinks and turquoise swirls that combine with gray, to create a mysterious image of the sky. Tiny gem-like creations on a soft setting of gray and blue are found in Samarjit Roy Chowdhury's Untitle-1, Malua-11 by Abdus Sahkoor Shah has a dark skinned , beautiful girl with flowing hair and bright lips. She has jewels in her ears, nose and neck. Black and red birds rest on top of her head and lines of poetry complete the composition.

Cactus by Mohammad Eunus captures the beauty of the desert plants with their white blossoms with effect. Lashes of turquoise and brown form the fence on which the birds sit in Biren Shome's Pigeons-1. Asma Kibria's Black Hands of Evil is an intriguing creation in masses of crimson and gray. Syed Jahangir's Harvest with its splashes of gold and bars of blue, depicting men carrying home the harvest, is a bright impressionistic creation.

Goutam Chakrabarty's Elephant suggests a huge animal with just the trunks and the limbs seen against sky. Water Meadow by Mokhlesur Rahman has a huge blossom in streaks of blue and yellow. Naima Haque's Eclipse of Subject has three figures apparently made from twisted rope . They walk on a stark white backdrop and have a blue disc of a moon above them.

GSKabir's Spirit of Life has a flying nude male figure with abstract elements in black and red that frame him. Ahmed Nazir's Beauty of Sunderban brings in trees, upturned roots, water and the sky. Rectangular pieces of red, turquoise , orange and beige form Rafi Haque's Rosenight. Javed Jalil's Fusion of Love has strange creatures taken from fancy and imagination. Another mind-whirling work is Laila Sharmeen's Shanti, Shanti, Shanti with its delicate detailed inclusion of birds, flowers and boats.

Like all of Saju's exhibitions, this too is one to marvel at.

(Clockwise From Top Left): Rabindranath Tagore by Alokesh Ghosh, Sleeping by Anadi Kumar Boiragi, Lady with Mirror by Abdul Aziz and Two Friends by Abdus Sattar on display