Sourav Chowdhury experiencing unprecedented success

Staff Correspondent
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017


 

Two back-to-back solo exhibitions in Russia and a Bengal Foundation award, the artist is on a roll which will elevate him to the upper echelon of Bangladeshi artists

 

The past few months seem to be going well in the favour of artist Sourav Chowdhury. He was recently in Russia for two successive solo exhibitions, one in Moscow (June 29 – 1 July) and the other at Cherepovets (July 4-29). This was followed by an artist residency programme organised by Cherepovets Museum Association, at Cherepovets’ Vladimirovka. Towards the final leg of this long tour, he got to know that back home, he was awarded the Bengal Foundation Award for printmaking at the recent 22nd National Art Exhibition, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Not bad for an artist below 35.

 

For the last 6 years, he has been working under Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos Atelier-71 as an Executive Artistic Manager, during which he equally received the opportunity to hone his skills by learning and communicating with the best artists in the country today. When he received the opportunity to showcase his work in Russia, it was an offer he could not refuse.

 

“Artists struggle to organise their solo exhibitions,” said Sourav, “if I can showcase my works abroad, that too with the help of the guest country’s state officials, it will be a phenomenal achievement.” This was arranged by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bangladesh. Its’ Ambassador to Bangladesh, H.E. Alexander I. Ignatov, was the chief guest during Sourav’s Moscow exhibition inauguration.

 

“I am convinced that the painting exhibition of young talented artist Sourav Chowdhury, titled Eternal Existence – Circle of Dynamism, will be highly evaluated by Russian art lovers and will help to discover something new about Bangladesh, distant but so close to us,” said Ambassador Ignatov.

 

The Moscow exhibition, which contained 25 of Sourav’s artworks (which consisted to print, mixed media and other genres), was held at the Academy of Professional Development and Retraining of Educators, while the one in Cherepovets (also consisting of 25 artworks) was organised by Cherepovets Museum Association, who even purchased one of his artworks, a rare feat for a Bangladeshi artist. He was also inducted as a member of the Russian Artists Association and as a member of Sunny Square, an art coterie formed by artist Sergey Radiuk.

 

One of the most important lessons Sourav took back from this trip was the importance of developing communication skills. “If you cannot talk about your artworks or promote them, it becomes difficult to showcase them in public,” he said. He also got to learn the art of Tempera, which is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium.

 

Regarding his recent Bengal Foundation accolade for printmaking, he was beyond elated, but also humble. “I must thank my family and chairman of Gallery Cosmos, Enayetullah Khan, for believing in me throughout my journey as an artist. The award is also dedicated to all the senior artists of Bangladesh, without whose guidance we could not have come this far. Gallery Cosmos has helped me to harness my skills as an artist. My first prominent award was during the Berger Young Painters’ Art Competition, but this award has proved that I need to work harder to maintain the quality of my work, and work hard to take Bangladeshi art to even greater heights.”

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