Gallery Chitrak presents 11th solo painting exhibition of eminent artist Biren Shome, titled ‘Liberation War, Bangabandhu, Bangladesh’. The exhibition opens on Friday, 15 November 2019 at Gallery Chitrak in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The exhibition is hosted online @Artitude – www.artitude.com.bd
Artist Biren Shome took part as a freedom fighter in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. He was also associated with the provisional Government of Bangladesh in exile as a designer at the Ministry of Information.
Emeritus Professor Dr. Anisuzzaman has inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest. Distinguished art collector and an Advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court Nahid Mahatab was present as the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. Renowned artist Monirul Islam has presided over the ceremony.
The revised edition of Biren Shome’s book ‘Bangladesher Shwadhinota Sangrame Shilpisomaj’, published by Chandrabati Academy, was unveiled at the opening ceremony.
The exhibition will remain open from 10 am to 8 pm daily from 15th to 26th November 2019 at the gallery premises at Road-6, House-4, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka.
Biren Shome was born and brought up at Amlapara, Jamalpur, until he completed his high school education in 1964. While at school, he was taught drawing by Rabi Dutta, a friend of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. He had received his first award for drawing when he was in class four, which was probably decisive of what he would be in his life. Later, he completed Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka in 1969. He has ten solo exhibitions (1979-2014) of his art works to his credit, besides numerous group exhibitions in Bangladesh and abroad. Over the years, Biren Shome has been honoured with many awards. He was a freedom fighter and have also worked as a designer at the Directorate of Press, Publicity, Information and Broadcasting at Mujibnagar in 1971. He was the Chief Artist at the Bangladesh National Herbarium, Ministry of Environment and Forest, until his retirement in 2006.
As a person, Biren Shome is uncompromising, diligent, and fearless, but it is the romantic optimism that supersedes all his characteristics and is subconsciously distilled through all his works. As an artist, Biren Shome is versatile. He has created works of art in almost all conceivable media – oil, acrylic, watercolour, etching, acquaint, pastel, line drawing, etc. including terracotta relief. He is one of the foremost graphic and book cover designers in Bangladesh. He has exhibited 500 of his book cover designs in 1998. His interests in female figures, vegetal forms, landscape, abstraction, colour have taken many turns.
Some of the key awards he has received are:
1962: 1st Prize in Watercolour – Inter District Art Exhibition
1966: 1st Prize in Watercolour – Bangladesh College of Arts and Crafts, University of Dhaka
1999: Honorable Award from Saju Art Gallery
1999: Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Gold Medal
2002: Jatiya Grontho Kendra Award for Best Cover Design
2002: Honourable Award from Muktijudda Utsab Ayojok Committee
2004: Palok Shishu Shahittay Award
2004: Atish Dipankar Gold Medal
2004: Chandraboti Gold Medal
2006: Agrani Bank Shishu Shahittay Award for Best Cover Design and Illustration
2007: Nawab Faizunnessa Gold Medal
2007: Poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah Award
2008: Netaji Suvash Chandra Bose Award