Qayyum Chowdhury


Qayyum Chowdhury b 1932

Qayyum ChowdhurySemi-realistic and abstract paintings of senior artist Qayyum Chowdhury are simply mind-blowing and deeply inspirational for every art lover as well as artists of the later generations.

As a renowned painting talent of the subcontinent, Qayyum Chowdhury has been ruling the art arena of Bengal for the last six decade, since the era of early 50s.
Bold lines, geometric blocks and variegated strokes and dabs of vibrant colours, including red, green, yellow, blue, purple, white and black, have often dominated the abstract expressionist settings of Qayyum with a deep sense of patriotism and down-to-earth modesty.

The artist has used a variety of themes and topics in his artworks most of which
have included typical Bangali settings of rural landscapes and beautiful scenic backdrops.

The lush greenery of Bengal has always been the preferred choice of artist Qayyum Chowdhury with boats, rivers, sky, birds, tree lines and semi-realistic figurations of common village folks including fishermen, farmers and communities of skilled craftsmen.

Striking compositions in bleeding colours of red and green together with deep blue, orange and such, of the artist are of great significance containing a trade-mark look which none could achieve in our local art scenario except Qayyum Chowdhury.

2011 : Rendezvous in Nepal, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu Contemporary Paintings of Bangladesh, Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul Bangladesh Art Exhibition, Guwahati and Agartala, India
2010 : Return to the Forest, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka Contemporary Colours and Images from Bangladesh, National Art Gallery, Maldives From Dhaka With Love, Gallery Hittite, Toronto Rooted Creativity-1, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
2009 : Kolkata-Dhaka, Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata Dhaka-Kolkata, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka Rhythm of Colours, Bangladesh Art Exhibition, Hunnar Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2008 : Bangladesh Contemporary Art Week New York, Turkish Centre, UN Plaza, NY Art From A Vibrant Culture, EU Headquarter, Brussels Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York
2007 : 5th Solo Exhibition, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
2004 : Solo Painting Exhibition, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
1999 : 3rd Solo Exhibition, Shilpangan Gallery, Dhaka
1998 : 50th Anniversary of Fine Arts in Bangladesh
1997 : Bangladesh Painting Exhibition, Muscat, Oman
1994 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Moscow
1993 : 9 Modern Artists of Bangladesh, Dhaka
1990 : Six Artists Show, West Germany : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe
1989 : Contemporary Art Exhibition of Bangladesh, China 1989 : Poster Exhibition on Child Survival and Development, Dhaka
1988 : International Poster Exhibition, Paris, France : Bangladesh Contemporary Art Exhibition,Japan
1986 : 6th Triennial, India
1982 : Graphic Design Biennale, Czechoslovakia
1980 : Watercolour and Print Exhibition, Dhaka : Contemporary Asian Painting Festival, Fukuoka, Japan
1981 : Asian Art Festival, Hong Kong
1979 : International Biennale, Sao Paolo, Brazil : 1st Asian Solo Graphic Design Exhibition, Tehran, Iran
1978 : 4th Triennial, India
1977 : Solo Painting Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka : Painting Exhibition, Washington DC, USA : Graphic Print Exhibition, East Germany 1976 : Life in Bangladesh, Dhaka
1975 : Solo Graphic Design Exhibition, Ushaloke Dhaka
1973 : Silver Jubilee Exhibition of the College of Art & Crafts, Dhaka : Contemporary Painting of Bangladesh, Calcutta, Delhi and Mumbai, India
1972 : 3rd Asian International Trade Fair, India
1970 : ‘Kalboishakhi’, Painting Exhibition, Dhaka
1969 : ‘Nabanno’, Painting Exhibition, Dhaka
1965 : 5th Anniversary Show, Contemporary Art Gallery, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
1962 : East Pakistani Painters Exhibition, Pakistan
1961 : Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Dhaka
1957 : 9 East Pakistani Painters’ Exhibition, Washington DC, USA
1956 : Painters Unit, Dhaka 1954 : All Pakistan Art Exhibition, Dhaka
1951 : Dhaka Art Group Show, Dhaka 1997, ’83, ’81 : Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 1957,’64,’75, ’76,’78, ’80, ’82, ’89, ’96, ’98 : National Art Exhibition, Dhaka


2009 : Mercantile Bank Award
2007 : Berger Lifetime Achievement Award
2000 : Sheltech Award : Sultan Padak, Sultan Foundation, Narail
1994 : 6th Bangabandhu Award
1986 : Ekushey Padak
1983 : Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Book Illustration
1977 : Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award
1975 : Gold medal for contributions in book design, from National Book Center, Dhaka
1973 : Award in Silver Jubilee Exhibition of the College of Art and Crafts, Dhaka 1966 : Imperial Court Prize, Tehran Biennale
1961 : 1st Prize for Painting in National Art Exhibition, Lahore, Pakistan
1988, ’82, ’81, ’79, ’78, ’75, ’70, ’66, ’64, ’63: 1st Prize – Best Book Cover Design, National Book Center 1995, ’60: 1st Prize – Railway Time-Table Cover Design


2001 : Kabitalap
1989 : Charu Shilpi Sangsad 1993 : Wrishij Shilpi Gosthi
1991 : Mahbubullah Zebunnesa Smriti Trust
1991 : Bulbul Lalitakala Academy
1986 : Theatre Group
1975 : Sandhani Prakashani

Other: Member, Board of Governors, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University,
1984; Member Advisor, Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad; Life Member, Bangla Academy; Member, Jury Board, Film Award; Member, Dhaka University Teachers Association,
1984-85; Advisor, Design Committee, 2nd SAF Games,
1985 & 6th SAF Games
1993; Art Advisor, Bangla Academy; Member, Jury Committee, Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh, 1993 & 1998; Fellow, Bangla Academy, 2001.

Positions held:
Joined Govt. College of Arts and Crafts (presently Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) as Lecturer of Graphic Design in 1965 and retired as professor in 2000.

Present position:
Chairman of the editorial board of arts quarterly Shilpa O Shilpi Art Advisor, the daily Prothom Alo Freelance artist and graphic designer

Qayyum Chowdhury My Village acrylic on Paper

My Village
Acrylic on Paper
57 X 77 cm 2009

Qayyum Chowdhury