Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Prima Donna

Nazia Andaleeb's articulation of subjective expressions on canvas

a08Noted artist Nazia Andaleeb Preema’s solo art exhibition, titled “Prima Donna”, is running at the Bengal Art Lounge in Gulshan, Dhaka. The exhibition which began on May 3 has already drawn the attention of art lovers.

The artworks which are on display at the gallery are abstract in nature and vivid in colour. Under the veil of strong colours and bold compositions, Preema, from a feminist’s point of view, has depicted the inner experiences of women, their whims and their world against the backdrop of a patriarchal society.

Some of her works deal with suppressed emotions and the silent outbursts of women in a male dominated society. The sets of nudes symbolise the condition of women and stand as a symbol of protest against oppression. Though muted in nature, the pieces of art convey a sense of freedom and an urge to break free the chains of subjugation.

A total of some 44 artworks are on display at the gallery, and the most striking aspects of the artworks are their distinct shades and interpretations. Preema has used various mediums for providing soul to her work. The mediums include acrylic on canvas, mixed media on paper, oil and paper collage on canvas, oil and collage, while most of the works are oil on canvas.

a09The collection of powerful illustrations, in combination with provocative titles makes the visitors look deeper into the meaning of life with newer interpretations. Some of her compositions assert a sense of expressionism as a distorted rendition of reality — helping the artist articulate her subjective expressions of experiences. Some titles like, “Castle in the Sky”, “Objectified”, “Under the Veil”, “After the Rain”, “Prima Donna” manifest the subjects through the dexterity of colors.

Preema, a provocative and talented artist, has given interpretations to her experiences and connected them with her artworks with a touch of genius. To her, art is a tool, which encourages celebration of life, as she believes that artworks have a timeless dimension. She has enriched her career by taking part in a number of prestigious exhibitions at both home and abroad.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister, on May 3 at the Bengal Art Lounge. Eminent artist Murtaja Baseer was present at the inauguration. The exhibition will remain open daily from 12pm to 8pm till May 13.