The solo painting exhibition titled Beyond the Horizon by artist Pervaj Hasan Rigan has begun at its La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. The inaugural ceremony of this exhibition was held on Friday, 13 May 2016 .
Eminent artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury attended the ceremony as the chief guest and Prof. Abul Barq Alvi, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and Prof. Jamal Ahmed, Department of Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, H.E Mohammad Ezzat, Ambassador of Egypt to Bangladesh attended as the special guests. Mr Bruno Plasse, Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka welcomed the distinguished guests and presided over the opening ceremony.
Born in Barisal in 1988, Pervaj completed his BFA and MFA from the Department of Drawing and Painting, University of Dhaka. The young artist prefers to work with oil paint and charcoal and have produced a number of series. From the very beginning of his education, the remarkable quotation by eminent artist Murtaza Bashir, “The sweetest expression of the deepest sorrow evokes art” inspired him. During his BFA, he produced his very first self-analysis series Freedom of Soul based on his self-portraits. His next series of work was The Illusive Happiness that continued on the previous theme. During his MFA’s first part, the artist came up with the figurative series Agony of Intellect Conflict focusing on the theme of advancement of machines. He tried to portray the loss of human emotions due to the constant usage of modern-day technologies. Through his work The Captive Soul, Pervaj tried to explore the spirituality of human souls and uncover the mysteries hidden within; this was done during the second part of his MFA. After completing his institutional training, the artist delved deeper into self-exploration as well as humanity and produced two consecutive series Immortality and The Beautiful Curse. During this time, he also did a portrait-based series titled The Homo sapiens.
His latest series Beyond the Horizon, that is on display at La Galerie, features 20 artworks. He explored the position of humanity in the universe and the cosmic relationship of souls.
Among his many accolades, Pervaj scored the best drawing award and medium-based award in 2010 and 2011 successively in the Annual Art Exhibition of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. In 2012, he won the grand prize in the exhibition hosted in Japan by the Gloria Foundation.
The exhibition will be open to all till 24 May 2016.
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