A group art exhibition showcasing paintings done outdoors under the genre en plein air, also known as plein air painting, the act of painting outdoors was inaugurated Monday at the Mohakhali unit of Gallery Cosmos.
Known as one of the country’s leading institutions dedicated to art, Gallery Cosmos is organizing the 20-day special exhibition titled ‘Trinayan’ with the participation of Outdoor Community artists group.
Brazilian Ambassador to Bangladesh Joao Tabajara de Oliveira Jr. attended the inaugural ceremony as the special guest, alongside renowned art critic Moinuddin Khaled and eminent artist Shahid Kabir.
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Tehmina Enayet, Director of Gallery Cosmos.
In his opening remarks, the ambassador said, “To me, the essence of Bangladesh is art- as the country is blessed with enriched literature, arts, culture and all of the talented artistes. In this exhibition, I got amazed through all these unique and diverse artworks on various genres by these talented artists- and I thank Tehmina Enayet and Gallery Cosmos for inviting me as well as promoting these types of stimulating arts in this country.”
Eminent art critic Moinuddin Khaled applauded and advised the participating artistes, saying “Think before you ink, because it is very much important to portray the reality that we see in front of us. If an artist wants to portray the real scenario, the artist has to experience that moment. That is exactly what these artists have done in their outdoor ventures that are shown in this exhibition and I really appreciate the effort.”
Thanking the venture of Gallery Cosmos, he said “Art galleries do not want to promote young or less-known artistes, as that can be a business risk, and that is the scenario all over the world. Here in Bangladesh, Gallery Cosmos is continuously supporting and promoting the artistes despite the business risk, which is highly appreciable.”
Artist Shahid Kabir, who is also participating in this art exhibition, said “Artists like SM Sultan, Zainul Abedin were like saints of arts who never compromised expressing their true feelings through their artworks. In order to be a successful artist, one has to avoid shortcuts and remain dedicated. I believe these promising artists will remain dedicated, as well as the Gallery Cosmos to us.”
Explaining the commitment to support the country's artists and their praiseworthy artworks, Tehmina Enayet, the Director of Gallery Cosmos, said “At Gallery Cosmos, over the course of the last decade we have dedicated ourselves to lending a platform to various mediums of art rooted in Bangladesh, as well as those influenced from far-off lands. Through initiatives such as the present exhibition (Trinayan) and many more, it is our aim to break new ground by acting as an incubator for the emergence of various art forms, including plein air painting, in Bangladesh.”
Showcasing 40 artworks in various mediums, works by some 20 artists- Shahid Kabir, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Azmeer Hossain, Sahid Kazi, Bishwajit Goswami, Sumon Wahed, Juton Chandra Roy, Manik Bonik, Parvej Hasan Rigan, Rumana Raman, Arifa Sultana, Jannatun Nahar Ava, Abu Tamim, Adil Mahamud Hasnat, Mrinal Banik, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Auntora Mehrukh Azad, Jayanta Mondal, Sharifa Akter Liza and Helal Shah – find place in the exhibition.
The exhibition will continue till February 15, 2020, every day from 12 pm to 8 pm at the Dhaka North unit of Gallery Cosmos: House 115, Road 6, New DOHS, Mohakhali .