‘Artist Hamiduzzaman Khan is a Versatile Talent’
The name Hamiduzzaman Khan stands for diversity of artistic talent. Nature and abstraction together makes up his oeuvre. His approach to art is spare and minimalistic as he attempts to harness nature in its colour and form. The above words were echoed by the discussants at the inauguration of the artist’s retrospective on October 27, 2017, at Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of BNM.
Eminent artist and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of BNM Hashem Khan chaired the inaugural session held at Kabi Sufia Kamal auditorium. Eminent political scientist and art critic Professor Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir was present as chief guest. Noted writer and publisher Mofidul Haque was the main discussant while Muhammad Aziz Khan, chairman of the Summit Group of Companies, was present as special guest.
In his address Professor Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir said one comes away with an idea how Dhaka evolved by surveying the works of Hamuduzzamn – they demonstrate how this city transformed itself with its ecosystem. We do not witness anything unsavoury in his realm: what he represents has been brought to light with empathy, he added.
On his own work, Hamiduzzaman Khan said that he is an artist who begins by examining the medium he sets out to explore in order to ensure mastery over it. For me medium serves as my primary object of exploration through which to attain aesthetic essence. I love to experiment – be that in the discipline of sculpture or painting, and I resolve to continue with such experiments as long as I work, he added.Mofidul Haque pointed out that this exhibition has developed into a major show illustrating Hamiduzzaman’s creative diversity. The artist’s works explicate truth and beauty – qualities one is able to discover in Bangladesh, added Muhammad Aziz Khan.
Director General of BNM Faizul Latif Chowdhury pointed out that this exhibition spans the entire career of this eminent artist. The show serves as a site where the artist can be experienced in his entirety.
In his address Hashem Khan said that Hamiduzzaman’s work is a testimony to the war of liberation – it is a recurring theme in his sculptures. The artist has carved out a niche in our consciousness because of his creativity and his references to the liberation war – this makes him stay forever in the public consciousness.
Following the discussion session, Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir unveiled the retrospective exhibition where more than 300 sculptural pieces and 25 paintings spanning his career between 1964 to 2017 have been brought together. Hamiduzzaman’s retrospective lasted till November 6.