Art lovers familiar with Ariful Islam know him for his works with watercolor on paper. As a young up-and-coming artist, his style is traditional, yet his own. His painting Charukola demonstrates his impeccable attention to color and composition.
As with many artists in Bangladesh, Ariful Islam paints what's around him. He finds beauty in the shadows of a doorway or a window or a tree. This is one of the underlying themes in is work, capturing light in its many forms.
He is a talented artist who has honed his craft now focusing on creativity. There's a sense of history in his work. In a time when people of Dhaka are focusing on new and shiny, he finds beauty in the derelict. He also showcases the tropical beauty of rural Bangladesh.