A duet art exhibition titled ‘Colours of Tradition’ by artists Abdus Shakoor Shah and Shambhu Acharya is underway at Edge Gallery in the capital’s Gulshan 2 area. The exhibition began on Saturday.
“A total of 75 art works of Abdus Shakoor Shah and Shambhu Acharya are being exhibited at the show. The exhibition will be open for all every day from 10:00am to 8:00pm at Bay’s Edgewater in Gulshan 2 till April 23”, said Md. Abu Soyeb Jewel, manager of Edge Gallery.Abdus Shakoor Shah and Shambhu Acharya are two renowned artists of the country. A successful academic at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, Shakoor has received numerous awards for his work both at home and abroad. It is no exaggeration to say that he is one of South Asia’s most widely acclaimed among painters using folk motif in their art.
The journey that Shakoor has embarked on as an artist is unique in many ways. Many of his water-colour paintings and pen-and-ink drawings are done in a distinct modernist vein.
Vibrancy of colours is combined with a modernist subtlety of his figures have garnered praise from art critics, collectors and art lovers alike. The nineties saw his works increasingly leaning to folk motifs, drawings on clay dolls, palm-frond, punthi literature, patterns and designs woven into Nakshi kantha quilts and scroll or pata paintings.
Shambhu Acharya, on the other hand, never went to Art College nor did he receive any formal training in painting.
Looking at this breath-taking collection, one can only wonder at his talent. Shambhu’s works have been exhibited widely home and abroad.
This humble person lives and breathes folk art. In fact, Shambhu Achraya is the embodiment of folk – the profession of pata painting has been passed down nine generations in his family and we are all the richer for it.