Cosmos Atelier71 participates in Kibria Intl Print Fair 2017

Cultural Correspondent
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Cosmos Atelier71 Printmaking Studio participated in the recent 6th annual Kibria International Print Fair at Dhaka University’s Zainul Gallery, which took place from February 19-21.


The fair is also a tribute to the legacy of printmaking artist and Professor Emeritus Mohammad Kibria (1929-2011), whose compositions, colours and forms were the focal points of his contemporary artworks.


The festival was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, while eminent artist Rafiqun Nabi presided over the inauguration ceremony.


Organized by Kibria Chhapchitra Mela Udzapan Parishad, eminent artist Abul Barak Alvi was honored with lifetime achievement award for his valuable creative contribution in this field.


The print fair consisted of 21 stalls operated by 16 local, three Indian, one Sri Lankan and one Nepalese art organisations and academic institutes. Prints made with different printmaking techniques including etching, wood cut, dry point, engraving, litho, lino and others were available at the stall.


Participating institutions included Fine Arts Departments of Dhaka University, Khulna University, Rajshahi University, Chittagong University, Jagannath University, JatiyaKabiNazrul University, UODA, along with foreign institutes including University of Universal Arts from Sri Lanka, Bindu Art Space from Nepal, Graphic Arts Departments of Vishwa Bharati Unviersity and Rabindra Bharati University and Department of Printmaking of Kolkata University.


Local printmaking organisations such as Kala Kendra, Safiuddin Printmaking Studio, Boronia, Shunno Art Space, Kibria Art Studio and others also had stalls at the fair.


Artists such as Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Kalidas Karmakar, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Biren Shome, Nagarbashi Barman, Sourav Chowdhury, Dilip Karmakar, Farhad Hossain and more had their printmaking artworks featured at Cosmos Atelier71’s stall, with over eighty prints being displayed from their collection.


Cosmos Atelier71 was also one of the few studios to have participated in all the editions till date.


About Mohammad Kibria


Kibria was born in Birbhum in 1929 and he graduated from the Government School of Art, Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1950. Kibria started out as a figurative artist in the 1950s. Kibria moved to Dacca (now Dhaka) in 1951 where he started his career as an art teacher at the Nawabpur High School. In 1954, he joined as a teacher at the Government College of Arts and Crafts (currently the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka). He studied painting and printmaking at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. During his stay in Japan, he was learning the details of two major genre of printmaking — lithograph and wood cut. He also concentrated on the use of space and its varied aspects. The artist meticulously created space that denoted solitude and serenity. His colours seem more subdued and lucid. In the course of time, his works matured further in terms of the inner structure of forms and objects.


He was a recipient of Ekushey Padak and Independence Award. Dhaka University selected him as a Professor Emeritus in 2008. His artworks, reflecting the theme of impressionism, post-impressionism and expressionism, made him renowned both at home and abroad.

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