Tea Leaf Extract Paintings Explore the Human Experience

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A view of the exhibition titled Stain in progress at the Chitrak Gallery in Dhanmondi in the capital. — New Age Photo

Artist Tutul Ahmed has depicted the human experience in a complex environment in a solo painting exhibition titled Stain underway at the Chitrak Gallery in Dhanmondi in the capital.

The exhibition, which opened on May 28, features 62 paintings created with colors extracted from tea leaves and black acrylic paint.

Asaduzzaman Noor was present as a chief guest while Khushi Kabir was present as a special guest at the inaugural ceremony, presided over by Ataur Rahman.

“I created a painting with colors extracted from tea leaves in 2004 and submitted it to the 16th National Art Exhibition. I received positive feedback from art critics and started experimenting with colors extracted from tea leaves. I exhibited some of my works created after 2004 in this exhibition,” Tutul Ahmed told New Age.

The artist decided to name the exhibition Stain because in his childhood he often had stains on his clothes.

“Children used to stain their clothes as they often played with different materials including toothpaste, tea or ink. When I was a child, I observed that the stains on my clothes seemed to tell me different stories. Of the stains, the tea stains left a lasting impression on me,” he said.

“I described different incidents that happened to me and my family. Also, I depicted nature, environment, society, politics and others in my paintings,” he said. declared.

Tutul also added, “Over the past 18 years, I have experimented with colors extracted from tea leaves and created different shades from the same material.”

The artist presented many works created with dots of different sizes in the exhibition.

“I have created many works of art using dots. In a mother’s womb, life begins as a dot. An unborn child is unaware of his social and religious identity. I started toying with the idea and created many paintings by connecting the dots,” Tutul said.

The works presented under the title Story of Nocturnal Emission have dots of different sizes. The bottom of the web is dominated by long structures while the top of the web is filled with small and large dots.

The work entitled Belief and Believer is a compilation of eight different works, each representing a unique face. All faces are decorated with different patterns created with dots.

Two artworks in the exhibition, namely, Rohingya and Jashore Road, depict mass forced evictions. Both paintings show people fleeing for their lives by leaving their homes behind.

Another artwork titled Brahmanbaria shows two groups of people fighting with local weapons in a rural setting.

The artist also diaply has a number of works including human faces under the titles Story of Stain and Covid-19 in the exhibition.

The exhibition will end on June 11.

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