Oil painting artist Akter Mahmud Kajal’s first solo oil painting exhibition titled ‘Muktijuddho O Noishorgik Bangladesh’ (Liberation War and Natural Beauty of Bangladesh) started at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)’s National Art Gallery on Monday.
Artist Kajal, an oil painting artist who never received any institutionalized training in art and never participated in any exhibition before- in his debut solo exhibition honours the Liberation War in the month it all started in 1971.
International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) chief prosecutor and Language Movement veteran Advocate Golam Arif Tipu inaugurated the 10-day-long exhibition at Gallery - 6 of the National Art Gallery.
The inauguration ceremony, presided over by BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, was also joined by Ekushey Padak winner eminent artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury as the special guest.
“The liberation war of Bangladesh enlightened so many artists to explore and display their creativity and talents. Kajal, a self-made artist whom I know since he was a kid, is certainly one of them and this exhibition is just an example of his talent,” Golam Arif Tipu said at inaugurating the exhibition.
Expressing his heartfelt gratitude to BSA for arranging the exhibition, artist Kajal said “Although I do not have institutional education on arts, I tried to bring the very best of my observation on the liberation war through my canvas in this debut exhibition.”
Thanking the artist, BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky informed that over 850 artists are preparing for the glorious Mujib-Year celebration event on March 17 and artist Kajal officially presented his paintings as souvenirs for the programme.
A total of 102 oil paintings of Kajal are being put on display in this 10-day-long exhibition, which will conclude on March 11. The exhibition is open for all from 11 am to 8 pm and Friday 3 pm to 8 pm.