May 24, 2013 | 05:42 PM (BD Time)
24 May, 2013 Friday
Retrospective exhibition of Kajol begins in city
Art & Culture Report:
A two-week retrospective exhibition of Denmark based artist Ruhul Amin Kajol titled “Philosophy of Life” began at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in the city’s Dhanmondi area yesterday evening.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Professor Emeritus Dr Sirajul Islam Chowdhury. Ambassador of Denmark in Bangladesh Svend Olling was present as chief guest at the inauguration, while noted painter and cartoonist Rafiqun Nabi was also present as special guest on the occasion.
The exhibition contains a collection of his works of the last three decades. Ruhul Amin Kajol, a brilliant artist of the seventies in our country, is now residing in Denmark. He studied ceramics from 1973 to 1976 and obtained BFA degree from then Institute of Fine Arts (now Faculty of Fine Arts) of Dhaka University in 1982 in Drawing and Painting.
Kajol earned critical acclaim during the 70’s and 80’s for innovative and individual style of figurative works. He started his street art called “Traffic Art” in Sweden in 1994 and created a Guinness Record as world’s longest painting in the category of ‘Biggest Street Painting.’
Kajol has produced traffic art in 12 different countries of Europe, Asia and USA.
In 2003, he received a special honour from the University of Development Alternative (UODA) in Dhaka for his street art depicting the Language Movement of 1952. His commission works include more than 20 projects in Europe and Bangladesh. Among them, the best known was the ‘Bamboo Sculpture’ project in Denmark and Bangladesh. At present, Kajol is working as an art teacher in an art school in Denmark and is also a freelance artist.
The exhibition will end on February 21. n
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