Vol. 5 Num 317 Mon. April 18, 2005  

A Kaleidoscopic Journey
Fakruzzaman's solo art exhibition

Bangladesh-born British artist Mohammed Fakruzzaman portrays civilisation from archaeologists' viewpoints. Each and every work of Fakruzzaman, be it an oil painting, etching, mixed media, and two other mediums rather unusual in Bangladesh--collagraph print and viscosity method--displaying at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, depicts the human civilisation.

British High Commissioner in Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury, inaugurated the solo exhibition.

Mohammed Fakruzzaman has got a few prestigious awards such as the UK National Award at the Winsor & Newton Worldwide Millennium Painting Competition held in 2000.

Professor Anisuzzaman said, "I have never seen Fakruzzaman's work before, as he has built up his career in the UK. But, his works in the exhibition have impressed me."

Of the 56 works on display, 28 are in acrylic, 23 are in collagraph print, four in viscosity method and one in etching.

Each of Fakruzzaman's paintings is done from a bird's eye view with economical use of colour. Not more than four shades of different colours are prominent in each of the canvases. Through the different shades of yellow, red, blue and black, abstractionist Fakruzzaman has portrayed different civilisations with harmonious flavour.

Through the images of a stream, river or desert beside a metro, he has created his civilisation. Sometimes Fakruzzaman builds his works on the edge of darkness in a way that demonstrates how precarious they are. His paintings also shift between surface and dimensionality and between plan and elevation. All of his paintings have the same title "unnamed" and the most interesting parts of his paintings are using of "s'graffito technique" with the simplest diagrams of dwellings, pathways and railings. The marks are clear, childlike in their care and spontaneity and yet enigmatic too. Through these lines he connects one civilisation with others. Fakruzzaman says, "I use those lines intentionally to remind the viewers that art is the inherent quality of human beings. Each and every person draws in the childhood days, and through the institutional education an artist learns to polish those lines. That is why I use zigzag childlike lines in my paintings."

Other attraction of the exhibition is the display of "collagraph print". Fakruzzaman says, "Collagraph print is similar to etching, however, no acid is used in collagraph to create texture. Etching is a mechanical process, but collagraph print is more artistic and creative work." Each of his collagraph prints depicts the circle of life.

An art work by Mohammed Fakruzzaman