Noted artist Tajul Islam is showcasing his colouful tapestry works at a solo exhibition underway at Gallery Cosmos in the capital’s Mohakhali area.
The exhibition titled ‘Solo Tapestry Exhibition of Tajul Islam’ is featuring 30 tapestries of different sizes and colours.
For those not familiar with tapestry, it is a piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving coloured weft threads or by embroidering on canvas, used as a wall hanging or furniture covering.
Tajul Islam has depicted intricate diagrams, designs, colour compositions and more.
Some of his displayed works are very large, colourful and instantly draws the attention of anyone entering the gallery. The artist has used different shades of ash, orange, red, blue and green to create the beautiful designs.
A colourful work on display at the exhibition is titled ‘Composition of Forms and Colours 17’. The work features intricate designs created with entangled lines and different colours including blue, orange, red and brown.
The exhibition also features a calligraphy work, in which the artist has written the name of Allah using jute threads on a black cotton fabric.
The exhibition, which is Tajul Islam’s 11th solo, was inaugurated jointly by president of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute Farooq Sobhan and Spanish ambassador to Bangladesh Alvaro de Salas on Saturday.
Tajul Islam, about his works, said that he likes to play with colours in his artworks, which are completely handmade.
Born in 1946, artist Tajul Islam graduated from the then Institute of Fine Art, Dhaka University in 1968 and completed his MFA from the University of Chittagong in 1974.
Tajul began working as a tapestry artist under Rashid Chowdhury in 1965. Tajul continued assisting his mentor till 1979. Tajul is one of the very few artists who are still working with this expensive and difficult medium.
The exhibition will remain open for all from 11am to 8pm till October 13.
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