Sunday 24 March 2019

Nadezda's first solo exhibition in ireland

Nadezda Kakoli
Nadezda Kakoli

Maria Pepper

A Bangladeshi-born artist living in Wexford is enjoying her first solo Irish exhibition which will continue at the Pigyard Gallery in Spectrum art shop until May 19.

Nadezda Kakoli, who came to Ireland from Wales two years years ago with her husband Dr Shahidul Islam, is showing 30 new original watercolour paintings of landscape and delicate still life of flowers and fruit inspired by nature.

Nadezda completed a foundation in arts at the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka before receiving a scholarship to study oil painting at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, China.

She then travelled to Japan with her husband for his PhD degree and had her first ever solo exhibition entitled 'Fantasy of Colour and Line' at the Hashimoto Gallery in Fukuoka shi in Japan in 2003. She was delighted at that time to have the renowned artist Kubo Sensei as a mentor as she began her freelance artistic career.

The couple moved to the UK in 2005 and later settled in Monmouth, Wales. Nadezda qualified as an art teacher with Royal Forest of Dean College in Gloucestershire University.

In July 2016, Nadezda and her husband came to Wexford where Shahidul is working in Future Nutrition as part of Donohoe Beverages in Enniscorthy. The couple live in Redmond Square where Nadezda is happy to have a view of Wexford Harbour, an amenity that provides her with a constant source of inspiration.

'I am inspired by seeing the water in Wexford Harbour which I can gaze at through my window every day as well as the natural harbour at the mouth of the River Slaney. Seeing the water makes me happy'.

She was initially hesitant about moving here as she had made a lot of contacts in the artistic commuinity in Wales but after being invited over to see the area by Siobhan Donnelly, CEO of Future Nutrition, and director John Kickham, her doubts disappeared. Ms Donnelly had the honour of officially opening Nadezda's exhibition last week.

'Siobhan and John invited us over and showed us around Wexford and that changed my mind as it is such a welcoming place. I'm really happy here now'.

Nadezda has also shown work in the Art in the Open Festival.

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