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12:00 AM, May 24, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 24, 2018

Mohammad Iqbal's solo exhibit opens in Japan

Holbein Gallery, Osaka, Japan has organised the 43rd solo painting exhibition titled Humiliation by renowned Bangladeshi artist, Mohammad Iqbal. The exhibition was inaugurated on May 21 and will remain open until May 26. Mohammad Iqbal, an Associate Professor at the Department of Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, has also conducted a three-day art workshop at the programme. 

Mohammad Iqbal is a dedicated painter in the contemporary Bangladeshi art scene. The backgrounds of most of his compositions feature abstract forms, soothing colours and mellow tones. For the ongoing show, the artist is exhibiting around 30 paintings on several media like oil, acrylic, pastel and ink on canvas and washi (Japanese paper).

According to Iqbal, children are the worst victims of war. In recent years, Iqbal's favourite subject has been mistreated and neglected children. In his paintings, Iqbal brings out their emotional eyes that express surprise, pain, puzzlement, panic and longing for the good days to come.

In Japan there is an idiom, “The eyes are as eloquent as the mouth.” Most of the viewers are attracted to the significant eyes of people painted by the artist. Moreover, many of them asked him about the background of creating such profound artworks, according to the gallerist H. Maeda.

Mohammad Iqbal's oil paintings have become a hallmark of his own, featuring eight to ten layers of colours.  He puts them on empty space of the canvas to denote the imaginary icon of the non-visual agents that cause environmental pollution.

Mohammad Iqbal is a MONBUSHO Scholar. He has obtained PhD in Oil Painting, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan. His paintings have been exhibited in many renowned galleries of Japan and Bangladesh.


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