‘Creative the Art Gallery’, an initiative of Shanto-Mariam Foundation, has restarted their activity by arranging a solo drawing exhibition of internationally renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed at Shanto-Mariam Foundation, Uttara after a long break. Although the art gallery was established in 2004 and arranged a good number of exhibitions of prominent artists, its authorities stopped their activities for a certain period of time for some reasons.
The three-week long solo drawing exhibition was inaugurated by Indian ambassador to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla on September 29, 2018 while artist Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, art critic Moinuddin Khaled and Imamul Kabir Shanto, the founder of the Shanto-Mariam Foundation, also graced the occasion with their presence. Nasim Ahmed Nadvi is the curator of the exhibition.The exhibition is featuring total 32 artworks of artist Shahabuddin, which includes 25 drawings and 7 print-making works. In this exhibition, he has presented his recent works done in black and white colours. In most of the artworks, he has depicted figurative drawing with his signature pace in brush and ink. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Mahatma Gandhi, our freedom fighters and some speedy animals like bull and horse are the subjects of his artworks. In his works, he has revealed his capacity to depict scattered and running objects in an excellent way. “In 1971, I fought for the liberation of my country, now I’m struggling to become a good human being. I shall continue my struggle until the last moment of my existence,” said artist Shahabuddin Ahmed about his philosophy of practicing art.
69-year-old Shahabuddin has lived in Paris for nearly four decades. Now he is a celebrated international persona. He was born on September 11, 1950 in Dhaka and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Dhaka University. In the meantime, he obtained a scholarship to study at Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. In 1992, he became one of the fifty master painters of contemporary arts, an honor bestowed upon him at the Olympiad of Arts, Barcelona. He also received the ‘Shadhinota Padak’ in 2000 for his contribution during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and the ‘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ award in 2014 for his contribution to art in France and other countries. His artworks are on display in a number of famous museums and art galleries.
The exhibition will close on October 19, 2018.