Artist Monirul Islam conferred Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Shammanana
On the occasion of the 104th birth anniversary of iconic artist Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (1914-1976), a five day long festival was held at the Charukala (Faculty of Fine Arts, DU) premises from December 25 to 29. Organised by the Faculty, the festival featured a 'mela', musical soiree, discussion and an award giving event.
On the occasion, the organisers honoured two renowned contemporary artists-Bangladeshi expatriate artist Monirul Islam and Professor Dr Susan Collins, Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, London with the 'Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Shammanana' on December 29.
Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Mohammad Akhteruzzaman; Pro-VC (Administration) of Dhaka University Professor Dr Muhammad Samad; noted painter Rafiqun Nabi; engineer Moinul Abedin (son of the Shilpacharaya Zainul Abedin); Professor Nisar Hossain, dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and senior painters, promising painters and people from different segments of the society were present at the award giving ceremony.
Bangladeshi expatriate painter Monirul Islam's artworks are easily recognisable as he can translate life's diverse dimensions with his signature style, techniques and innovations into captivating works, where subdued colours, lyrical lines, subtle textures and forms blend harmoniously. He controls his medium and his technique with a certain mastery.
Monir's specialty is his delicate lines and the balance between use of space and composition. Use of space is an important aspect of his paintings and the artist likes to work with unusual forms and shapes -- transforming them amazingly into tangible expressions. An admirer of nature, Monir tries to replicate colours and harmony prevalent in surrounding environment through his works. The space that is found in his works is aptly related to the perspective of the themes. In his compositions, the artist uses doodles, sharp lines, dots, tiny motifs and a lot of symbols.