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Safiuddin Ahmed

Born in 23 June 1922, Kolkata, India

 

Education

1942
Graduated in Fine Arts at the Government School of Art, Kolkata, India

1946
Graduated in Education at Teacher's Training Department, Government School of Art, Kolkata, India

1958
Diploma with distinctions in etching and engraving from Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, UK

 

Solo Exhibitions

1959
New Vision Centre Gallery, London, UK

2008
'The Limitless Luminosity of Lines', Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2009
'The Limitless Luminosity of Lines', Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, Kolkata, India

2010
'The Limitless Luminosity of Art: Retrospective of a Great Master - Part l', Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2010
'The Limitless Luminosity of Art: Retrospective of a Great Master - Part Il', Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Major Group Exhibitions

1942-1948
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India

1946
International Contemporary Art Exhibition, New Delhi, India Exposition Internationale d'Art Moderne, Musée d'Art Moderne (UNESCO), Paris, France

1947
Shilpakala Parishad, Patna, India; Inter-Asian Art Exhibition, New Delhi, India; Contemporary Modern Indian Art Exhibition, India House, London, UK

1947-1948
"Art of India and Pakistan: 2400 BC to 1947 AD', Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

1948
'Drawings & Paintings of Bengal from 1900-1948', Singapore; '12th Exhibition', arranged by Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India.

1952
'Dhaka Art Group', 2nd exhibition, Lytton Hall, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1953
'Dhaka Art Group', 3rd exhibition, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1958
International Triennial of Original Coloured Graphics, Switzerland; Group show, Woodstock Gallery, London, UK

1959
Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, RWS Galleries, '77th Annual Exhibition', London, UK; The Royal Academy of Art: 191st Exhibition', London, UK

1962, 1964, and 1966
International Biennial of Prints, Tokyo, Japan

1963
'Commonwealth Art Today Exhibition', London, UK

1965
'16 Artists Exhibition', East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1966
5th Tehran Biennial, Iran

1973
'Contemporary Art of Bangladesh Exhibition', Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai, India

1975-2002
1st-14th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1977-1978
'Contemporary Graphic Arts of Bangladesh Exhibition', Poland, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria

1977-2002
"26th Grand Group Exhibition', Saju Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1979
"Arts of Bengal: Heritage of Bangladesh and Eastern India', Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

1980
"Contemporary Art of Bangladesh', 6th Arts Festival, Hong Kong

1981-2001
1st-8th & 10th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka

1983
"Graphic Prints Exhibition', Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1984
Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad Bengali New Year exhibition; Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1989
Contemporary Arts of Bangladesh, Kolkata, India 1990 Contemporary Arts of Bangladesh, Harare, Zimbabwe

1993
Contemporary Graphic Art of Bangladesh, Kolkata, India; Liberation 1971, La Galerie, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1995
Pioneer Artists of Bangladesh, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1997
'Bangladesh Painting' exhibition, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman


2000
Inaugural exhibition at Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2000
Paintings of Six Eminent Artists of Bangladesh', Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2000
Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad 1st Biennial, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2001
'Rhythm of Line Drawing: 14 Artists', Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 'Contemporary Art from Bangladesh', High Commission of India, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2002
"Six Eminent Contemporary Printmakers', Alliance Française, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2003
'Four Pioneer Printmakers of Bangladesh', Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2007
"Still Life by Six Painters', Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2010
'Rooted Creativity - 10th Anniversary Exhibition', Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Honours and Awards

1945
Academy President's Gold Medal, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India

1946
First Prize for Dove (1945) aquatint, black and white category, International Contemporary Art, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, India

1946
Bihar Herald Gold Medal for View of Santiniketan (1945) drypoint, Patna Art Council, India

1947
First Prize for Santal Women (1946) wood engraving, black and white category. Inter-Asian Art Exhibition, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, India; Darbhanga Maharaja's Gold Medal for Huts in the Sun (1944) oil, Shilpakala Parishad, Patna, India

1948
Awarded in 12th Exhibition by Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India

1963
President's Medal for Pride of Performance in Fine Arts, Pakistan

1978
'Ekushey Padak' (highest civilian award in memory of the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement), Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

1984
Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad Honour, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1985
Fellow, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1996
Independence Day Award (highest State award), Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh; Dhaka University Alumni Association Honour on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1998
50th Anniversary of Fine Arts in Bangladesh Honour from the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2000
Wrishij Shilpi Goshthi Award, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Publications

1944
Jointly edited Bengal Painters Testimony, published by All India Student's Federation

1986
Bangladesh Postal Department stamp depicting Fishing Net (1975), published in commemoration of the 3rd Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh

1997
The Graphic Prints of Safiuddin Ahmed, folio volume published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2002
Safiuddin Ahmed, by Mahmud Al Zaman, published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2008
Drawings of Safiuddin Ahmed, folio volume published by Bengal Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Positions Held

1946–1947
Teacher of lithography, Government School of Arts, Kolkata, India; Council Member, All India Fine Art and Crafts Society, New Delhi, India

1947
Drawing teacher at Dhaka Collegiate School, Banglades

1948
Founding member, Government Institute of Art and Crafts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1948-1979
Head of Department of Printmaking, Government Institute of Art and Crafts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1950
Vice President of Dhaka Art Group, a progressive Bangladeshi artists' group

 

Collections

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA; Non-Alliance Art Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia;
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh;
Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bengal Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Embassy of Japan in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and various private and institutional collections in Bangladesh and abroad.