Renowned artist Jamal Ahmed is recognised for his bold approach to art. He crosses great lengths to depict the subjects he loves to. As a master of drawing, he is acclaimed for his realistic depiction of life, expansive landscapes, gypsy women, nubile women in all their voluptuous beauty, and the mystic troubadours of Bangladesh.
The artist’s 62nd solo exhibition will open on October 30 in the Eye For Art Gallery, Houston, USA. The week-long show will display 20 large-sized acrylic paintings. “I paint whatever I find interesting. I once went to the USA, and was struggling to figure out what to portray. Suddenly, a lonely and panicked pigeon sat beside my balcony, and I started painting it. After that, pigeons have become one of my favourite subjects,” says Jamal Ahmed.
The artist uses soft pastel, along with thin acrylic dust layers, and charcoal as the background of his paintings. The acrylic and charcoal dust generate amazing textures, along with a mystique aura on the surface of the canvas. The finer aspects of his drawings, their intricacies and how he effortlessly finds simple solutions to complex compositions, is for his students to dissect, understand, learn and make use of.
Those who simply love life and beauty, can find their essence in Jamal Ahmed’s works. He is a keen observer, but we cannot comprehend what goes on in his mind when he paints. His creative mind is as enigmatic as the picturesque setting we see in his art.
The artist received the Ekushey Padak this year, for his outstanding contribution to fine arts. Jamal Ahmed’s artworks have also earned him many other accolades, both home and abroad.