Oriental Painting Study Group (OPSG) arranged week-long ‘7th Oriental Painting Exhibition 2017’ at Zainul Gallery-1, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, on October 09, 2017. The exhibition was inaugurated by Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, with eminent artist Rafiqun Nabi, noted poet Nirmalendu Goon, renowned sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini, art critic Nisar Hossain and Indian artist Swapan Das in attendance.
The exhibition is featuring 81 artworks of 26 master and contemporary Indian artists along with paintings by 25 renowned and promising Bangladeshi artists.
The purpose of holding this exhibition is to inspire both artists and art connoisseurs in searching their cultural roots and to nurture the art heritage of our own rather than indulging in Western art trend. The exhibited artworks range from elements found in nature to human figures and portraits, landscapes, contemporary reality, mythical nuance, feminine grace, cultural heritage and even a few abstract pieces. The artworks have been made using diverse art media like oriental wash media, tempera, water-colour on silk, gouache, acrylic on canvas and paper, print, oxide charcoal on board and etching.
The artworks, displayed at the exhibition, are reflective of that sense and thoughts with regard to their media, techniques and subjects.
Oriental style was mainly based on water-colour washing method because it has inbuilt similarities between culture and medium. Oriental art was invented in China and Japan, but with the great contributions from Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Abdur Rahman Chughtai and other prominent artists, oriental art was introduced in the Indian subcontinent. Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin established the Department of Oriental Art in the Government Institute of Arts and Crafts (Now Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1955.
Oriental Painting Study Group (OPSG) started its journey through holding a group art exhibiting in 2009. Displaying wash painting and Bangla calligraphic painting, OPSG held its second and third exhibitions in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The group held its 4th exhibition along with a weeklong wash painting workshop in 2014 with the participation of 22 noted and promising artists. A total of 41 students of the Department of Oriental Art, University of Dhaka (DU) took part in the workshop.
The outcomes of the workshop together with artworks by the trainers and renowned Oriental painters of Bangladesh were exhibited in the 5th Oriental Painting Exhibition in 2015. The 6th Oriental Painting Exhibition was organized by OPSG in association with Gallery Images and Beyond (India) in November, 2016. The group aims to flourish Oriental Art as a serious art movement through holding various art initiatives and activities in this part of the world.
Malay Bala, Chairman of the Department of Oriental Art, University of Dhaka, has curated the exhibition and it will come to an end on October 14, 2017.