About Asem Ansari
Asem Ansari is a Dhaka based painter and mixed media artist. From being a graphic artist to a photographer, Ansari seeks out his path and subject in multiple media. He is an artist of depth in the context of what he stands for and his work. He expresses himself through color, texture, form, and figures in a way uniquely his own. One may call him a restless artist due to his observations, but this restlessness has attributed him as an earnest painter. Because regardless of the media he uses, he works with the same level of intensity. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In His Own Words
I’m always fascinated by texture--texture of objects and surfaces. The kind that gives me a feeling of touch. It can be soil, clay, mud, sand, brick, concrete, wood, iron, human body, animal, water, sky, moon, you name it. Texture, the sense of touch generates feelings of real to surreal and that juxtapose color, space, and forms. It can be atmospheric, philosophic, narrative or symbolic. In a way, my paintings are an expression of experience, a mixture of visual and intellectual exercise and understanding life. I am keen on representing my surroundings, where I come from, and where I belong, as it identifies my paintings. Many elements come from rural Bangladesh like clay hut, muddy courtyard, bamboo fences, haystack, water, boat, human, and animal. In many of my paintings, the moon plays an important role-- sometimes romantic, sometimes cosmic, and at other times to depict the eternal and the timeless. Generally, the use of mixed color is noticeable in my work; this is probably what makes my paintings identifiable in the crowded art world.
To create texture on my canvas, I use a palette knife, matches-sticks, toothpicks, essentially anything I need with thick paints; sometimes I use sand, fabric, paper to get the right effect, feeling and mood. Even in my watercolors, I always try to create texture by sedimentation of paint ingredients with water, dripping, clotting, cracking, and graining on wet paper.
At Artist Trekker, you will find four of my watercolors. All four have a similar style and treatment of texture that I like to do in watercolor. If you notice carefully, the work Foggy Waterfront has the grainy texture, clots that create various reflective forms in water. Similarly, the trend of textured grain, dripping and sedimentation of color in the Breakfast in Courtyard captures the atmosphere and life in rural Bangladesh. The other two, Ritualistic Slab from Past and Big Date in Old Dhaka (Boro Katara) represents the texture of stone and terra-cotta.