Caricature Exhibition

Afzal’s humorous take on peers

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:02, Mar 03,2020


A caricature by Sheikh Afzal.

Artist Sheikh Afzal is displaying caricatures made on his peers and his workplace experiences at a solo exhibition under way at Kalakendra on Iqbal Road in Mohammadpur in the capital.

Seasoned artists professor Rafiqun Nabi and professor Shishir Bhattacharjee attended the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition, titled ‘Swajanghati Rekha’, as guests on February 21. Artist Wakilur Rahman has curated the show.

Sheikh Afzal acquired his higher degrees from two institutes — Institute of Fine Arts, now fine arts faculty of Dhaka University, in 1984 and The University of Tsukuba, Japan in 1993.

Currently, he is working as a professor at the department of drawing and painting of the fine art faculty of the University of Dhaka.

Though he has previously participated in several solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, ‘Swajanghati Rekha’ is his first caricature exhibition.

The artist has displayed a total of 80 works at the exhibition. He has drawn caricatures of seasoned artists, including Rafiqun Nabi, Shishir Bhattacharjee, Shahid Kabir, Nisar Hossain, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Mostafizul Haque, Jamal Ahmed and Mohammad Iqbal and others throughout his life.

‘We colleagues used to draw each other. Nisar Hossain once offered to create a folder of my drawings to sell during Zainul Utsab to collect fund in 2016. It was a memorable experience. I announced that whoever will buy the drawings, I will give him/her as a gift a caricature portrait. I had to work on a number of caricatures at that time,’ recalled artist Sheikh Afzal.

One of the displayed works portrays two female characters playing musical instruments while a male character is singing. The work contains the text ‘Tomar Khola Haway’.

Another work shows a woman clicking selfie while four characters are posing behind her.

A caricature shows a skinny man, who can easily be recognised as the current dean of the fine art faculty Nisar Hossain, scampering away while holding on to a folded umbrella and leading two tethered goats.

In another frame Sheikh Afzal has drawn a number of faces along with a crocodile.

Another work shows two persons having a conversation. It contains the text ‘Yesterday Night Party at Uttora’.

The exhibition ‘Swajanghati Rekha’ will run till March 17, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

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