Mystical Interactions – Sunil Howlader Solo Exhibition
Opening reception: Thursday, August 9, 5:30pm – 7pm
“I have been living in Mystic for the past ten years. Mystic’s history and beauty, along with my wonderful childhood memories from Bangladesh inspire me. Nature inspires me—its power, its energy, and its beauty. Both where I live and where I am from influence my work. The challenge is how to combine the two and create something harmonious, thoughtful, and beautiful. Hence the name of the show: Mystical Interactions.
My style is semi-abstract expressionism. It combines the beauty of the natural world with the expressive elements of abstraction. I like this style because it gives me the freedom to add emotions, feelings, and ideas to what I see and express them using meaningful lines, forms, and colors. I use bold strokes, bubbles, and scribbles to represent the emotional activities of the psyche. First I decide what the theme of the painting will be and then I create a visual illusion in my mind. Next I paint the essence of what I visualize on the canvas.
Art is not only about beauty. Art should make people think. It is about communicating to an audience. I want to give the audience an opportunity to find their own meaning from what I paint. I can’t change the world, but maybe I can change one person at a time with my paintings. I draw from both my current cultural environment and my South Asian culture of origin. I believe my paintings, which combine elements from both cultures, will promote bridges and connections between all people.”
—Sunil Howlader, 2018
First-prize winner of the 61st Regional Show
Sunil Howlader, Crossing the Shadows. Acrylic.