Liakat Ali’s strokes of rhythm and pattern in abstraction

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August 15, 2022, 10:45 a.m.

Last modification: August 16, 2022, 3:47 PM

Artist Liakat Ali during his 8th solo exhibition Rhythmic Abstraction at Alliance Française in Dhaka. Photo: Saqlain Rizve

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Artist Liakat Ali during his 8th solo exhibition Rhythmic Abstraction at Alliance Française in Dhaka. Photo: Saqlain Rizve

As a seasoned artist at 59, Liakat Ali’s motive is to pour so much light, color, vibration and celebration into his paintings. Although abstract, his paintings contain motifs of realism. We would find a face, a torso or a bust, a fruit, a real object on the canvases, if we paid more attention to it.

His 8th solo exhibition recently took place at La Galerie de l’Alliance Française art gallery in Dhaka, where visitors immersed themselves in a curated collection of abstract art. Painted in oil and watercolor, the unique qualities of the paintings are expressed through titles such as Agony of Love, Anchorite, Melody of Autumn, Abstraction in Abstraction, and more.

“The vividness of colors, my sense of courage and playing with colors gave the novelty factor to my art. I am always looking for new ways to convey my inner emotions through my paintings. Light, for me, is more important than darkness. darkness helps my work, but the dancing, flattering movements of light have always influenced me and my art,” Liakat said, explaining the rationale for using brilliant colors.

“The combination of such colors is almost like a musical performance. It rocks me and I have fun painting. I want my audience to feel a rhythm, a pattern through the abstraction of this series,” he said. added. It is also from this notion that the namesake of this series comes from: Rhythmic Abstraction.

While studying chemistry at Rajshahi University, Liakat enrolled at Khulna Art College around the same time due to his love for colors and painting. His art academy took him to China, where he studied the subject in greater depth, then to Canada, finally settling in 1997 in Japan with his artist wife, Setsuko Liakat.

Although the majority of exhibitions at La Galerie have been done in oil paint, Liakat says he is best known as a watercolourist.

“I’m more confident with this medium. I splatter watercolor onto the canvas and sometimes smash them together, creating a palette of new, unfamiliar colors. I’m just not afraid of where it leads me.”

Three of his paintings were sold in this exhibition, all of which are oil paintings. ‘Musical Abstraction’ sold for Tk 1.5 lakh. ‘Abstraction in the Abstraction – 5’ and ‘Melody of Life’ sold for Tk 2.5 lakh each.

“Those who buy paintings are mostly collectors and they would pay a pretty penny to have the painting or any other artwork in their collection. It’s also a way of showing an artist’s appreciation,” Liakat said.

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Exterior by artist Liakat Ali

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Exterior by artist Liakat Ali

Exterior by artist Liakat Ali

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