Today marks the second death anniversary of eminent painter and printmaker Safiuddin Ahmed. He passed away on this day in 2012 at the age of 90, from old-age complications.
He was a friend and colleague of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, and one of the founders of Dacca Art College (now the Faculty of Fine Arts, DU). From 1948 to 1979, he served as head of the department of printmaking at the institution.
Safiuddin's art has mainly focused on rural panorama, pastoral life, landscapes, memories of 1971, Language Movement, floods and other natural calamities as well as Santal life.
Safiuddin was particularly known for his woodcut engravings. He devoted much time to a single piece of painting and print. Black is the predominant aspect in his works. From the beginning, the maestro had experimented with black and its mysterious tones, tenors and layers of colour. Most of his colours look muted and the message has always been one of peace and harmony. His paintings are technique-oriented as well. His lines have created a distinct language where one can learn about his perseverance, longing and devotion to art.
Some of his outstanding achievements as a young artist included the President's Gold Medal (1945) by Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta; first prize in the category of black and white in International Contemporary Art Exhibition, New Delhi (1946); first prize in the category of black and white (etching and drawing) in Inter-Asian Art Exhibition in New Delhi (1947) and Patna Maharaja's Gold Medal (1947). He was a proud recipient of the Ekushey Padak and Shadhinota Puroshkar.
His first solo exhibition was held in 2008 by the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, on his 86th birthday. A two-part exhibition was later held in December 2010, with all his works, titled “Shilper Oshesh Alo”.
Gallery Chitrak will pay tributes to the noted artist at 10pm today, by placing wreaths at his grave at the mausoleum on the premises of Faculty of Fine Arts.