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Art Battle comes to Dhaka

  • Published at 06:53 pm July 15th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:00 pm July 16th, 2018
Aspiring painters put the brush to the canvas at the first international Art Battle in Dhaka at the EMK Center on July 14, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Artists transformed the blank canvases into beautiful pieces of art in 20 minutes

Art Battle International was held in Dhaka for the first time on Saturday, July 14 at Midas Center in Dhanmondi. A total number of 16 painters participated in the live painting competition. 

Each year, Art Battle takes place in more than 50 cities worldwide. Participants paint live, while an enraptured audience remains privy to the creative process.

A total of 16 painters - selected from 360 applicants - overcame the obstacles of time and nerves and poured their hearts out on the canvases and finished their works within 20 minutes. There were three rounds at the event; featuring 8 painters in each round. At the end of each round, the audience voted to select the winners, and bid in an auction to take the paintings home. Winners from the first two rounds competed against each other in the third or final round. 

Winner of the competition, Vanessa Kaisar, works on her painting | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Vanessa Kaiser was the winner of the first Art Battle Dhaka. Saima M Khan, one of the participants at the event, told the Dhaka Tribune: “It was a nerve-wracking experience for me, since I usually paint in a quiet place. I have been painting since eighth grade, but this is my first experience taking part in an international competition and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

In a conversation with the Dhaka Tribune, Tashfeen Mustafa Choudhury, the lead organizer said: “I got to know about the Art Battle from Vice.com last year, and since then I wanted to bring it to Bangladesh. Hence, I contacted Art Battle International and got the license to host the show in Dhaka. Finally, all the hard work paid off and the international event took place in our city.

Out of 360 applicants, only 16 participants were selected for the first Art Battle in Dhaka | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

“I aspire to organize regional and national level competitions and send the winner in the final international battle which takes place in the United States each year. It is not easy to find sponsors for such events, I am grateful to our patrons, and hopefully we can organise a national-level event to find a winner who will represent our country internationally,” he added. 

Radio Next was the radio partner of the event while digital media partner for the event was Studio Baklava.