A two-week long group exhibition on printmaking titled `Nature Quest’ by 16 artists will be jointly inaugurated by H.E. Alvaro de Salas, Ambassador of Spain to Bangladesh, eminent artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury and avid art collector Durjoy Rahman Joy today at Gallery Cosmos, New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka. These artworks have been derived from a recent workshop conducted by artist Rokeya Sultana from Bangladesh and Uttam Kumar Basak from India.
Cosmos Atelier71 Printmaking Studio and Gallery Cosmos arranged a six-day long printmaking (Etching/Intaglio) workshop from November 03-08, 2017. The workshop focused mostly on etching/intaglio techniques of printmaking. Etching/intaglio is traditionally the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In modern manufacturing, other chemicals may be used on other types of materials. As a method of printmaking, it is, along with engraving, the most important technique for old master prints and remains in wide use today.
Renowned artist Rokeya Sultana, Professor at the Dept. of Printmaking, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and artist Uttam Kumar Bashak, Professor at the Visva-Bharati University of India, conducted the workshop where twelve noted and emerging artists from all over the country participated. Rashid Amin, Anisuzzaman Anis, Nagarbasi Barman, Ashraful Hossain, Sujit Sarker, Boni Adam, Palash Baran Bishwash, Farzana Rahman Boby, Sourav Chowdhury, Nadia Yeasmin, Juton Chandra Roy and S. M. Ehsan were the participants while eminent artists such as Shamarjit Roy Chowdhury, artist Shahid Kabir, artist Biren Shome, artist Alakesh Ghosh, Amanullah Khan (Chairman, Cosmos Group), Tehmina Enayet (Director, Gallery Cosmos) were present at the workshop.
“I was the first batch student of the department of Printmaking in Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University. When I pursued my higher study in Visva-Bharati University of India about printmaking, I came to learn more. Now, printmaking has become a main fine art medium all over the world as well as in Bangladesh. It’s the second time I have conducted this kind of workshop, but this one is special because the participants are current artists.
They learn a new technique and create their own improvised art with it. Hope their learning will spread out to others and enrich our printmaking practice”, said renowned artist Rokeya Sultana.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet these kinds of students; all are noted and emerging artists from all over the country. I hope they will lead the printmaking scene. In India, printmaking has become a strong medium with techniques and esthetics and it is practiced widely. I hope the artists here will be able to grip the new technique of etching (viscosity) and explore more”, shared artist Uttam Kumar Bashak about the workshop.
It is mentionable that Cosmos Atelier’71 studio was set up in 2009 and it has made a significant contribution. As part of their vision to elevate art, the studio contains state-of-the-art facilities, which are exceptional in Bangladesh. It aims to break new grounds by acting as an incubator for the emergence of graphic art in Bangladesh. To that end, it focuses on the encouraging young printmakers to develop their craft before presenting them with pathways for a future in printmaking.
The exhibition will close on November 23, 2017.