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Tajul Islam’s week-long solo tapestry exhibition starts

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A week long solo tapestry exhibition of artist Tajul Islam began on Saturday at Gallery Cosmos in the capital’s Mohakhali area.

President of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute Farooq Sobhan and Spanish Ambassador to Bangladesh Alvaro de Salas jointly inaugurated the exhibition arranged by the Gallery Cosmos.

Some 40 artworks are being displayed in the exhibition that will remain open from 11 am to 8 pm till October 13.

Addressing the event, Farooq Sobhan said Tajul Islam has developed his own style and design. “I was struck by his use of colours and imagery and the visual impact of his work.”

Though there are influences of noted artist Rashid Chowdhury in the work of Tajul Islam, clear distinctions exist between the works of Tajul and Rashid Chowhdury, he added.

Tajul, who worked with the celebrated artist Rashid Chowdhury in his studio from 1965 to 1979, has continued in the footsteps of his master, Farooq Sobhan told the audience.

Spanish Ambassador described Tajul’s tapestry artworks as being gloriously beautiful.

“The colour of his (Tajul) art provokes emotions – emotion of peace and serenity — and then you can relate to it.”

Artist Tajul Islam in his address pointed out his tapestry artworks are a combination of forms and colours, which are completely handmade.

Cosmos Group and UNB Chairman Amanullah Khan in his opening remarks said Gallery Cosmos is sustained by the belief that art acts as a powerful catalyst for social change and can be instrumental in promoting peace and understanding between nations through building bridges among different peoples and cultures. He stressed that art constitutes a most valuable cultural asset of Bangladesh.

Gallery Cosmos has moved away from the traditional role of an art gallery. “We are unique and one of its genre in Bangladesh in that we organise art workshops designed to train and empower budding artists, we collaborate internationally to bring artworks from other countries in Bangladesh for exhibition and display and we patronize different art forms from paintings to sculpture, terracotta, ceramic, print-making, tapestry etc,” Khan concluded.

Cosmos Gallery Director Tehmina Enayet, Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mario Palma and Australian Charge de Affaires in Bangladesh Sally-Anne also spoke on the occasion.

Born in 1946, Artist Tajul Islam graduated in Fine Arts from the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka in 1968 and completed his MFA from the University of Chittagong in 1974.

As a student of art, he began assisting the internationally acclaimed artist Rashid Chowdhury when the latter returned from France and introduced his tapestry studio in 1965. Tajul continued assisting his mentor till 1979. After the death of Rashid Chowdhury, Tajul is one of the very few who are still working with this expensive and laborious medium of tapestry.

Tajul has held 10 solo art exhibitions and several group art exhibitions at home and abroad. This is his second exhibition sponsored by Gallery Cosmos.

In many works, he has proved his uniqueness, particularly in terms of design and colour composition. He has given more focus on design than figures. Although influenced by the traditional art, Tajul prefers experimenting more with the forms of flora and fauna.

-SAM

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