Safiuddin Ahmed

Safiuddin Ahmed  b. 1922 d. 2012

safiuddin-ahmedSafiuddin Ahmed, one of the most venerated pioneers of modern art in Bangladesh for his individuated style of indigenous modernism.

The creative strands of Safiuddin Ahmed resulting from seventy years of artistic practice bespeak a persistent engagement with some basic problems of image-making – pictorial precision and an abiding propensity for investigating the metaphoric possibility of image to address the subject matter of choice. These are the means through which the artist always found his personal register to voice the particular/local in a rather generalized form of expression. His has been a pragmatic method which has galvanized his reputation as one of the pioneers of modern art in the country.

As a leading practitioner of modern printmaking of the region, he is often considered a purist, one who works with the bare minimum with the intention to find a middle ground between the subjective and the objective. Being a classicist modernist he always adhered to a certain compositional strictures as the basis for visual encryption.

Education
Graduation in Fine Arts from the Government School of Arts, Calcutta (Presently College of Arts And Crafts, Kolkata), 1942 Completed 2 years Teacher ship course from the same Institute, 1946 Diploma in Etching and Engraving, Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, 1958.

Type of Art
Print Making, Painting

Preferred Medium
Etching, Aquatint, Dry Point, Wood Engraving, Oil etc.

Awards
President’s Gold Medal, Academy of Fine Arts, India, 1945 First Prize for ‘Happy Home’(Black and White), International Contemporary Art Exhibition, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, India, 1946 First Prize for ‘Santal Maiden’(Black and White, Etching and Drawing), Inter-Asian Art Exhibition, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, India, 1947 Gold Medal of Dwarbhanga Maharaja, Shilpakala Parishad, Patna, India, 1947 President’s Gold Medal for Painting, Pakistan, 1963 Ekushey Padak (highest civilian award in the field of culture), Bangladesh, 1978 Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Honor, 1984 Independence day Award of the Govt. of Bangladesh, 1996. 50th Anniversary of Fine Arts in Bangladesh Honor by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka,1998 Rishiz Award by Rishiz Shilpi Goshti, Dhaka,2000

Exhibition
Solo: Solo Exhibition at New Vision Center Art Gallery, London, 1959.
Group(selected): Exposition Internationale de Art Musee d’ Art Moderne(UNESCO), Paris,1946Exhibition of India and Pakistan (2400 B.C.-1947 A.D.) at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1947-48 Drawings and Paintings of Bengal (1900-1948), Singapore, 1948 International Triennial of Original Colored Graphics, Switzerland, 1958 Group Show (5 artists) at Woodstock, London, 1958 Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, London Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1959 International Biennale Exhibition of Prints, Tokyo, Japan, 1962, 1964, 1966 Commonwealth Art Today Exhibition, London, 1963 Tehran Fifth Biennale Exhibition, 1966 Arts of Bengal – The Heritage of Bangladesh and Eastern India, White Chapel Art Gallery, London, 1979 Contemporary Asian Show, Fokuaka Art Museum, Japan, 1980 Contemporary art of Bangladesh, Hong Kong, 1980 Kolkata, 1993 Asian Art Biennale, 1995.

Collection
Library of Congress, Washington, USA Non Aliened Art Gallery Titograd, Yugoslavia National Museum, Bangladesh Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Embassy of Japan Many private and institutional collection at home and abroad.

Death
20 may 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Safiuddin Ahmed The Sound Of The Water

The Sound of the water, 1985
Etching
64 X32 cm

safiuddin_ahmed_view_from_santiniketan

View from Santiniketan, 1945
Dry-point
20 x 11cm