Finding Beauty in Print


Rokeya Sultana, a well known printmaker and a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka invited me to attend a Printmaking workshop, “In search of Beautiful Impressions”. The 7-day workshop started on June 18th and was organized by the art college and sponsored by Bengal Foundation. Two well known Printmakers, Nirmalendu Das and Pinaki Barua from Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan conducted the workshop. There was even a demonstration by Monirul Islam on the first day. Leading printmakers, students and artists from other streams attended. It’s been a hectic and fun week of interacting and learning. Being back at an Art College has been a treat. Selected prints of the participants will be displayed at a special exhibition to be held at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts from 2nd to 4th of June.

This Lithograph of mine “Being an Aunt” will be a part of the display.

And if you want to know a bit more about 4 printmaking techniques – etching, woodcut, lithography and screen print, check out the excellent step-by-step animated demo provided by MoMA.

Update : June 1, 2008 : Exhibition details.
June 2nd to 4th, 2008

You are cordially invited to the inaugural ceremony of a three-day print exhibition In Search of Beautiful Impressions on Monday, 2 June 2008, at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts. This is a special show of prints produced in a workshop conducted by Prof. Nirmalendu Das and Prof. Pinaki Barua of Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan. The printmaking workshop, organized jointly by the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and Bengal Foundation, was held from 18 to 24 May at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka.

Prof. Dr. S M A Faiz, Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka, will be present as Chief Guest to inaugurate the exhibition while artist Mahmudul Haque will be present as Special Guest.

* Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka
* Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts

Time and Venue: Monday, June 2, 2008 at 5.30 PM

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
Bengal Shilpalaya
House 275/F, Road 27 (old)
Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka 1209
Tel.: 8123115, 9113115, Fax: 9146111

The exhibition will remain open till 4 June 2008, daily from 12 – 8 p.m.

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15 thoughts on “Finding Beauty in Print

  1. thank you 😀 i’m hoping to make a few minor adjustments in colour and take a few more prints. i think you will enjoy it very much. it’s easier and quicker than etching 😀

  2. I particularly like the subtle use of the tusche pencil lines in combination with the liquid tusche brush strokes. Very nice lithograph. Is it using stone, or metal plate, or is it a paper litho? G

  3. Thank you. I’m not familiar with some of the terms. Used a glass marker pencil and some prepared black ink on a lime stone slab. My only earlier attempt in delhi was also on a similar slab of stone. Very very heavy. Also used a zinc plate at this same workshop but it was for etching. Have to look up paper litho too 😀 I’m writing a post with the details for my other blog. Hopefully it should be ready by tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Those glass marker pencils ar really useful, nice and greasy. The liquid you used was probably tusche. I had some experience making stone-plate lithographs back in the 60s, metal plate ones in the 70s, and paper plate ones in the 80s. Stone is so labour intensive, especially cleaning off previous etched images with the levigator, which is so laborious a process. But metal plate lithography, using the metal plates used by commercial printers is so much easier, and you can stockpile your plates for subsequent printing, so storage is not as difficult as with the thick stones.
    An art school friend worked for a fine art print firm in San Francisco back in 68 -69, and he experimented with metal plate lithography, by which he got incredible, subtle ranges of grey in the tusche washes. It is so beautiful a method of making prints.
    I hope you continue doing them as it suits your manner of making images. G

  5. Congratulations. We are happy to learn that your painting “Being an aunt” has been selected for display at special exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts.
    Keep it up.

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