Renowned Bangladeshi printmaker Kamruzzaman Sagar has recently bagged Bangkok Print Triennial Award for his thought- provoking lithograph “Restoration” at the 5th Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition 2019. He received the award from Princess Siribhachudabhorn, commonly known as Princess Ribha. She is the eldest daughter of Princess Chulabhorn Walailak and Virayudh Tishyasarin. The exhibition and the award giving ceremony was held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Kamruzzaman Sagar is now an Assistant Professor of Printmaking Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU). This year Sagar has also received the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award 2019 at the 23rd National Art Exhibition for his work Global Warming (Lithograph).
Kamruzzaman’s prints appear neat and clean, and always keep away from any over ornamentation. His prints are fresh, unusual and offer the viewers a sense of pure ecstasy and pleasure. His compositions are lively and have the right kind of restraint. He knows where to stop. Lighting is a prominent feature in the prints and the artist generally prefers incandescent light and mystifying setting. His figures look emotive and poignant. His earlier works were more quiet and inexpressive. Then he used to concentrate on mainly the figure. Expressions of the subjects are not quite noticeable in the works. During that time, the painter was concerned with the connection between human isolation and logical explanation. His themes and approaches were closely connected to physiological experiments. He also added illusion and emotion to his works.