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Asma Akber’s deep affection for vivid hues and enigmatic shapes

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Asma Akber’s deep affection for vivid hues and enigmatic shapes

Asma Akber’s deep affection for vivid hues and enigmatic shapes

Syeda Asma Akber is a self-taught painter, but this description hardly does justice to her creative talents. Her connection to art seems to have been established in her early years. As a painter, she explores non-figurative, mostly non-objective, and naturist themes. Asmas work is deeply rooted in physiological experiments, incorporating elements of illusion and emotion. Her use of colour is rich, expressive, and evocative of nostalgia. Through her personal techniques, she artfully captures the plays of light and the essence of nature in her paintings. Painting inspiration from her vivid imagination, nurtured over many years, she delves into lifes eternal truths and reminisces about her childhood. For Asma, the meaning of life is derived from her experiences and observations.

During her time as a fifth-grade student at Shaheen School, Asma achieved the top position in the school-wide drawing competition. Asma would observe her elder sisters artistic endeavours, which served as her source of inspiration to pursue a self-taught profession in adulthood.

Asma rediscovered her passion for painting in 2015, thanks to the encouragement and guidance from her close friend, painter Vinita Karim. Under Vinitas tutelage, she learned the art of painting and the proper use of tools such as spatulas, and palette knives. She also exhibits a profound understanding of architecture. Her artworks showcase architectural structures in diverse ways, and she seamlessly integrates them into her themes. Kazi Anis Moquit, a respected art collector and former publisher of Depart Art Journal and spouse of the artist, revealed that their house was designed by the acclaimed architect AJM Alamgir. Alamgir has lauded Asmas meticulous attention to interior details. It is apparent that the artist has a deep appreciation for architectural shapes and forms.

As a self-taught artist, Asma approaches her creative endeavours with immense dedication, having already developed her own unique artistic style. She demonstrates a meticulous and harmonious approach in utilising acrylic shades, resulting in captivating layers of colour. Acrylic paint offers unparalleled versatility and artistic freedom compared to other mediums. Through extensive exploration of various techniques and materials, Asma seamlessly combines them to create a cohesive masterpiece on canvas. Working predominantly with acrylic, she adeptly applies deep layers of colours to her artworks, producing a distinct texture that has become her hallmark. Asmas passion for exploring different shades and compositions allows her artwork to capture the true essence and significance of each colour and structure. However, this technique demands a significant amount of effort and devotion, making it both rich and labour-intensive.
Asma Akber’s deep affection for vivid hues and enigmatic shapes

Asma Akber’s deep affection for vivid hues and enigmatic shapes


Asma employs a unique approach in constructing her colours, forms, and compositions. She has diligently explored different stages of experimentation with colours, textures, vague forms, and tones. The artist firmly believes that paintings are a reflection of ones thoughts, inner world, and the very fabric of an artists daily life. Through her works, she presents the world as she perceives it, capturing the essence of her observations. Additionally, her paintings serve as a reflection of her mindset. Her forms embody a contemporary mode of expression, while some of her artworks prominently showcase pure forms, revealing her preference for varied compositions.

Asmas pursuit of beauty and her deep reflection on the essence of humanity and the often-overlooked aspects of nature have greatly influenced her artistic creations. In her earlier works, she focused on depicting numerous lilies, the diverse shapes of Shampan and houses of various sizes. However, her recent artistic endeavours have transformed urban landscape views, with buildings as the central elements, into abstract masterpieces. Although these paintings are not currently part of the exhibition, Asmas primary focus remains on capturing pure forms and compositions. Notably, she sometimes works on two canvasses simultaneously, resulting in the emergence of diverse shades and compositions.

Asmas artwork emanates from the depths of her soul, showcasing a pure and intellectually stimulating style. By skilfully playing with forms and employing deliberate brushstrokes, she crafts a language that is both spontaneous and thoughtfully constructed. Her use of colour ranges from soft and soothing to bold and striking, while her brushwork oscillates between unrefined and controlled, thus create a visual landscape that is both playful and exhilarating. These characteristics suggest a complex reality that eludes verbal description.

Asma fearlessly embraces the challenge of working with large canvases, recognising the immense potential they hold for her self-expression. Throughout her artistic journey, she has explored various canvas sizes, and her chosen mode of expression remains pure abstract expressionism. This artistic movement originated in the 1940s and 1950s, pioneered by American painters like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning. Abstract expressionism is renowned for its gestural brush strokes or mark-making, which create an impression of spontaneity.

Asma, an ardent lover of art, possesses a varied collection of artwork. Regular attendance at exhibitions has also played a significant role in her journey towards becoming a painter. Her collection includes works by contemporary master painters from Bangladesh, India, and the Western world as well as emerging Bangladeshi artists. She has always had a keen interest in exploring new ideas and contemporary culture, making art an integral part of her life. Asmas collection is organised into different sections such as figurative and objective art, landscapes, depictions of historical events like the Liberation War and Language Movement, the scenic beauty of the country, and an abstract or avant-garde section. Her open-mindedness allows her to appreciate and embrace various forms of creativity.

Asma Akbers upcoming exhibition titled "Inward Gaze" is set to open on February 24 at Gallery Chitrak and will run until March 10.

The writer is an art critic and cultural curator






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