Art lovers and experts on Friday gathered to enjoy some of the finest works of woodcut at a group exhibition titled 'Musicality in Woods'.
The exhibition, an endeavour of Cosmos Group and Cosmos-Atelier 71, is being held at Gallery Cosmos in New DOHS area of Dhaka’s Mohakhali. Woodblock prints produced by 30 talented artists are being showcased.
Woodblock or woodcut is a traditional form of relief printing where the artist’s design or drawing is made on a piece of wood, and the untouched areas are then cut away with gouges, leaving the raised image which is then inked.
The 12-day exhibition is the outcome of an eponymous printmaking workshop on woodblock prints held at Cosmos-Atelier 71. It was conducted by artist Professor Anisuzzaman Anis, Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
Prominent artist Monirul Islam inaugurated the exhibition as the special guest. Tehmina Enayet, Director of Gallery Cosmos, was also present at the inaugural ceremony.
Monirul lauded Cosmos Group for supporting young artists, saying, “Bangladesh holds a big position in woodcut globally.”
He said the works of Bangladeshi artists are unparalleled despite several limitations of etching and woodblock. “Dedication is the most important [thing] for woodcut,” the artist said about the long process required for this form of art.
Anisuzzaman also praised the support of Cosmos Group and Cosmos-Atelier 71 while conducting the workshop.
Brazilian Ambassador to Bangladesh Joao Tabajara said he was fascinated. “I’m seeing arts that I've never seen before,” he said, praising the woodcut arts as “creative and aesthetically balanced.”
The exhibition will run from 12pm to 8pm every day until March 5 at Villa de Anjuman, House-115, Lane-6 of New DOHS.