Najib opens up studio for exhibition

Cultural Correspondent
Najib Tareque poses with one of his paintings.

Najib Tareque poses with one of his paintings.

Artist Najib Tareque has initiated a virtual art project titled Art Makes Us Human with the objective to create paintings using digital technology and take them to the viewers via Instagram and other social media sites.
The project, which began in July 2015, has so far produced over 1500 paintings.
The first physical exhibition of his project, with around 15 prints of digital paintings, is now underway at the artist’s newly launched Studio 6/6 at Aziz Moholla in Mohammadpur, Dhaka.
The works are colourful and eye-catching. Najib has used bold strokes, striking colours and enthralling patterns to create human faces and figures, birds and different geometric forms.
The 10-day exhibition is also featuring talks with selected guests including artists and poets, discussing various aspects of art, culture and literature and contemporary trends in the art world.
Some of the featured speakers are artists Abul Barq Alvi, Nisar Hossain, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Rokeya Sultana, Mahmudul Haque, Mustafa Zaman, Lala Rukh Selim, and poets Maruf Raihan and Shoaib Gibran.
‘To the best of my knowledge, this is the first virtual art project of its kind in the world,’ Najib Tareque said his project. ‘The basic difference between my portal and other online art portals is that other artists create paintings, takes their pictures and then upload the images on the Internet, while I create digital paintings and directly upload them online.’
He also talked about his Studio 6/6, saying he wants it to become a favourite hub for the artists and art lovers.
‘In the western world, artists generally show their works at their studios but this practice is absent in Bangladesh. Local artists are too dependent on galleries to think anything independently. So the idea behind my project is to draw artists and art lovers to my studio where my works are created. And they can come whenever they want,’ he said.
The first exhibition of the project began on May 15 and will remain open for the public until May 25.

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