'DEEP PRINT' Exhibition at Gallery Twenty One

‘DEEP PRINT’ Exhibition at Gallery Twenty One


Wakilur Rahman was born in Bangladesh in 1961. He obtained his BFA from Dhaka Art College (presently Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1981. Later, he completed his Masters in Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Peking (now Beijing), P.R of China in 1986. He has divided his work and residence both in Berlin and Dhaka since 1988. He is a Founding Member of the artist group Shomoy. Wakil has held over 70 solo art exhibitions since 1986 and has also participated in several group art exhibitions both at home and abroad. Curating many art exhibitions has also been his forte, alongside participating in international fairs, Biennials and Triennials in Bangladesh, England, USA, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Japan and many other countries since 1991. He works in several different mediums such as graphics, painting, installation, objects, sculpture, sight specific projects with video and moving images. Currently he is a freelance artist, curator and is also involved with several art organisations, while teaching art in architecture in universities as well.
The exhibition, ‘Deep Print’ contains the artist’s prolonged journey with prints during his time in Germany. ‘Deep Print’ refers to the print technique – Intaglio where ink is applied beneath the original surface of the matrix; and from several techniques of it. Wakil’s works are favorably done in Etching, Aquatint
(with exceptional spontaneity), free lines like watercolour and vacillating with the shape of surfaces. The masterful balancing of lines, texture, composition, application of bold colors and simultaneously pastel hues made each of his work enjoyable for contemplation. Wakil’s works meditate with the forms, lines, skins or
textures of the landscapes, water bodies and each elements of nature. The range and variety of the surface in his works – extreme vertical, extreme horizontal, perfect square or triangle print surface – all represent his deliberate thoughtful mind of an abstractionist painter using print. He proceeds to implicate texts, numbers in
his works as well as doing material prints. These prints of Wakil we are experiencing are a glimpse of a long journey of his life from 1993 to 2009. They depict tales of personal despair, joy, momentum or philosophy;
helping Wakil as a catalyst to transcend his journey towards conceptual arts and new media.


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