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Rezowan Pilow’s romantic and pensive journey

Solo show at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra

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Rezowan Pilow, considered one of the most dedicated among contemporary Bangladeshi painters, has a passion for demonstrating the panoramic view, women busy with their daily chores, the magnificence of nature, riverine life, birds chirping and flying over the women, cloudy skies and more. The artist uses the horse motif in a number of his works as a symbol of vigour. The horses appear well built and brawny. The artist believes that we are all part of nature, but some of us closely observe nature with intense passion.

Pilow's canvas is not quiet or tranquil at all times, sometimes it emerges boldly and projects an impertinent look. His works demonstrate contemporary life and times as well. The artist uses space to gradually interact more with figures. His female figures are always the most dominant aspect of his canvas. He not only portrays images, but also pours into them human emotions and animated expressions. His skilled hands can capture any kind of longing, pleasure, struggle, pain and passion.

Pilow began his career as a naturist painter, demonstrating the panoramic world with its rich abundance of colours, views, light, shade and calm. He prefers seasonal changes, women in tranquil atmosphere, serene landscapes, animals and green paddy fields in autumn, Solitude and serenity are two vital components in Pilow's works. The subjects of his works are in a solemn mood and their characteristics are consistently highlighted. Lighting is a prominent feature in his paintings and the artist generally prefers incandescent light and mystifying settings.

Pilow was born and brought up in a remote village of Rajshahi. He studied Drawing and Painting at Rajshahi University. He has not had a breakthrough in the Dhaka art circuit yet, though at present, he lives and works in Dhaka. His umbilical cord with Rajshahi is still seemingly intact.

The artist at his atelier

The artist at his atelier

A number of his paintings seem hazy. However, his concentration on composition and the objects' lucidity helped him overcome this rather vagueness. Some of his paintings set women and nature simultaneously. The painter seeks to express that women and nature have a spiritual connection. Perhaps he likes to imagine the feminine traits in nature.Without women, nature, to him, seems lifeless and unappealing.It is noticeable that Pilow's in-depth observation helped him explore the details of his preferred themes. Women chatting in semi-urban setting, several birds are seen flying across the sky, a woman walking in the woods, romancing couples and many more are subjects of his paintings on display at the exhibition. He uses a technique of his own, a kind of pointillism and textured background mixed together, and out of that the desired forms like sky, clouds, emerald foliage etc impulsively appear realistically. Pilow creates all these with the use of dots, lines, tones and shades.

The painter has used acrylic and oil on the canvas. An introspective and imaginative painter,Pilowhas taken his colours from nature and that is why colour is the most significant aspect in his works. He likes to experiment with colour in all its various facets. He applies colour directly, piling up thick layers on the canvas. He has concentrated on applying colours. Deep layers of colours provide a unique texture to his canvas and that is why his canvas carries a singular hallmark. His paintings create an expression on the essence of a colour and what the colours really means. Over the years, Pilow has developed this technique, which is very expensive and time consuming, requiring immense effort and devotion.

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At the exhibition, some of his works are done in watercolour. His works are detailed and refined. Varied shades and tones give a distinct look to his works. Watercolour is a transparent and translucent medium. Pilow'stechnique is particularly based on flat wash. For this reason, different layers have been created in his works. This certain technique gives a watery look to his works.

Rezowan Pilow's solo art exhibition was inaugurated on September 14 at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, Banglamotor in the city. The exhibition will continue till September 20.

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