Fleeting Moments in Watercolour
is basically a sculptor. But since his early days as an
artist, he has remained faithful to a particular media that
many don't consider to be worth pursuing after they pass
out of art college.
is a media that has a certain magic of its own, yet many
consider it to be of a lesser media compared to oil and
acrylic. Hamiduzzaman is an exception.
his art show has its share of paintings that could be dubbed
as perfunctory attempts, his fidelity to the media is unquestionable.
He also shows what he can do with it in many of his works.
The manner with which he manipulates his brush, and his
way of applying colour and shapes while tackling a fleeting
moment that allows a scene, through his painting of course,
to be depicted in a gesture of sorts. What he reveals to
the eye of the beholder can at best be called an impression
of the real.
The artist in this particular solo exhibition did not pay
much attention to his manner or style for that matter.
delved into several subjects. Figures, portraiture and landscape,
these are the subjects that figured in this show that was
inaugurated on June 24, 2003 at the Gallery Shilpangan.
portraiture is highly stylised, in this respect they certainly
stand apart from his other forays. And there is a series
of small abstract paintings that also seems anomalous as
the show appears to have been designed on the subject of
scenery and glimpses of people's life. If it is considered
a showcase of a relay of landscapes, the paintings of people
that inhabit the areas depicted fit in well, but the abstract
works and the portraitures seem a bit out of key with the
high point of the show is the simplified and atmospheric
rendition of the land that the artist recently visited.
As a sculptor the artist was invited to contribute one of
his works that would be installed in the Sancheong sculpture
garden in the city of Ginju in South Korea. There he spent
one extra day after finishing the sculpture he was working
on. This whole day he spent to stoke his passion for watercolour.
of these watercolour have ended up in the show, and many
have this fresh look that is imbued with such loveliness
that it has almost elevated to the images of sublime quality.
But not every painting reached this end.
has also presented a lot of indigenous scenery. In dealing
with them, he sometimes applied the same acumen and minimalism
that he did while working on the hilly areas of Sancheon.
His idea of putting a scenery in shorthand is borne out
of the eye he has for the real and here his understanding
of the meditative Chinese watercolour plays a definite role.
Perhaps this factor has made him the capturer of fleeting
lights sweeping a particular landscape.