Seasoned tapestry artist Tajul Islam is displaying colourful and intricate tapestries at his ongoing solo exhibition at Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum.
The exhibition, organised jointly by the Museum and Tapestry and Painting Studio, features around 80 tapestries made by the artist.
The displayed works include ten tapestries-portraying traditional folk motifs, animal and human figures-based on intricate designs and style of late eminent artist Rashid Chowdhury.
Art-critic professor Nazrul Islam inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday. Artist professor Alauddin Ahmed of University of Development Alternative, National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury and Bangladesh National Museum trustee board chairman artist Hashem Khan, among others, were present at inauguration ceremony.
A nine-day workshop on tapestry is underway as part of the event. Twenty fine arts students from different universities are participating at the workshop conducted by Tajul Islam.
‘Tapestry making is a laborious process and, sadly, young artists are showing less interest in the art-form these days. I hope Tajul Islam’s works will inspire young artists to pursue the art-form’, said professor Nazrul Islam.
Late eminent artist Rashid Chowdhury worked tirelessly to establish tapestry in the country’s art scene. Many artists including Tajul Islam followed in the footsteps of Rashid, said Nazrul Islam.
A huge audience thronged exhibition venue on the opening day to see the displayed tapestries featuring traditional folk motifs, complex and elaborate designs, figures and forms.
The displayed tapestry work titled ‘Ek Nadi Rakto Periye’, the largest work at the show, is an eye-catching piece. The artist has portrayed rivers of blood in the work.
In the displayed work titled ‘Bangabandhu’, the artist has depicted founding president of the country Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through intricate weft-faced weaves.
Animal figures and human figures have also been featured in Tajul’s tapestries. In his work Ma O Shishu, the artist has beautifully woven a mother carrying her child on her lap. The artist has also depicted animal figures like elephants, horses and landscapes in a number of his works.
The exhibition will remain open till December 27.
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