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Magnifying the streams of inner thought


Tarek’s solo show at Galleri Kaya

Tarek Amin is one of the ardent printmakers who have been carefully practicing almost all sub-genres of prints. Each genre opens for him a new window where he gets a new flavour of thinking process. This is his first solo exposition, and justifiably quite important in the artist’s career. His works mainly plunge deep into woodcut, relief process, etching and aquatint, dry point and lithograph. Besides, he has produced a number of artworks in pen and ink, pencil and mixed media. His prints are considered to be pure realistic and his work zooms in on self-realisation, self-thinking processes and self-observation through himself. Some of his woodcuts also feature nubile women while a number of other prints demonstrate bucolic beauty. The belles truly represent the gracious beauty of Bengali women.

Most of Tarek’s woodcuts are engrossed with a single figure, which is himself in varied movements. His mode of expression is usually realistic, depicting particularly himself with different configurations. His works are suggestive of the human body. The artist often portrays human forms in both usual and unusual ways. His prime aim is to highlight the movements of human body and also to emphasise the inner struggle and torment of human beings. At times, his works have focused on figural movements and their significant articulations.

Tarek’s pet subjects include intimate relationships, personal perception and thinking process to scrutinise the inner pain, struggle and longing. He also keeps his eyes on the country’s socio-economic and political conditions which are very much connected to his woodcut prints and it can be easily said that his prints are truly the reflection of the society.

The background of most of his compositions is occupied by delightful hues and soft tones. Throughout his career, Tarek has concentrated on a very limited theme. His mode of expression is figurative expressionism and at times he etched light and forms through the approach of realism. Light and shade superbly interplay into his prints and he cautiously keeps a balance between figure and overall composition. It’s very difficult to maintain the balance between both of the ingredients. Most of all, his prints are technique oriented and have a great touch of aestheticism. His deep understanding of the medium (woodcut) and his great zeal for the theme always assists him to create something mind-boggling and alluring. His prints look neat and clean, and always avoid ornamentation.

Tarek’s has acute aptitude to draw the philosophical aspects of nature. Losing himself in the natural world, the artist frequently takes themes from this affluent source and plays with shades and hues on paper. He has used quiet tones where pastoral’s socio-economic and cultural structures have been highlighted. Some of his drawings are study-based and the themes as well as techniques are closely connected to realistic and impressionistic styles.

  • Magnifying the streams of inner thought
  • Vol 36
  • Issue 36
  • Takir Hossain
  • DhakaCourier

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