Sumon pays tribute to Zainul

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 19:13, Aug 13,2018


Visitors look at artworks at Zainul Gallery.

Artist Sumon Wahed has paid tribute to master artist Zainul Abedin through a vibrant solo show underway at Zainul Gallery 1 and 2 of faculty of fine arts of Dhaka University.

The show, titled ‘A to Z Zainul’, depicts the master artist’s life and works, his thoughts on arts and others.

Sumon has depicted significant chapters of Zainul Abedin’s life, portrayed how Zainul created his signature postcolonial style, incorporated local themes in his works and others.

He has also reproduced Zainul Abedin’s seminal paintings and drawings from the artist’s famine sketches and paintings of santal people.

The show, which was inaugurated on Sunday, also features Abedin’s writings and a documentary on Abedin directed by Alamgir Kabir.

‘It is impossible to depict all aspects of Zainul Abedin, who has covered so many areas of our art, history and culture. I have tried to portray some major aspects of Zainul Abedin including his postcolonial stance, political consciousness and others’, Sumon Wahed told New Age.

The artist has used a wide range of mediums like acrylic, oil, charcoal, glass marker pencil, spray colour, x-ray view box and others.

Among the displayed works are 29 very detailed and nuanced portraits of Zainul Abedin done in acrylic and glass marker pencil.

Zainul Abedin’s childhood, marriage and family life have been depicted in paintings like Childhood, Target of Cupid and Letter from Tehran.

Sumon’s reproductions of Abedin’s famous famine sketches and paintings of santal people are eye-catching.

The 10 displayed famine pieces, which Sumon has reproduced, show destitute human figures lying on the streets during the deadly famine of 1943.

He has depicted santal men and women in his three displayed acrylic and glass marker pencil works, which are reproductions of Zainul’s paintings of santal people.

‘These sketches depict Zainul’s political consciousness as an artist and his protest against colonialism responsible for creating the famine which killed thousands’, said Sumon.

Zainul’s articles Enlightened Text and A Painter’s Apology have also been displayed at the show. Sumon has used printed cloth to present the text of the articles which depicts Zainul’s thoughts on arts and history.

The show will remain open for all until Friday.

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