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Kabir Shahid ”Mi Reino II” 22x22 Original Limited Edition Hand Made Embossed Etching

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”Mireino II” 22×22  Original Limited Edition Embossed Aquatint Etching on Heavy Rag Paper  Artist Shahid Kabir Hand printed in Spain 1985 

His work delves deep into the stories of “our” common people who are daily wage earners and are born to struggle. But the artworks do not struggle to prove that Shahid Kabir, who spent a remarkable time of his artistic career in Spain, is one of us. On the note of his ongoing solo exhibition titled I bow my head to you in deep obeisance at the Bengal Shilpalaya, the insightful artist explained his attachment to the marginalized people with the headline: I am of you, for you. 

Faces of underprivileged people, beauty of struggling women, objects from the daily life of ordinary people are the subjects of Kabir who is hailed from a well-off family but never hesitated to embrace the people who go through untold sufferings to manage their basic needs. The colours he uses in most of his paintings reflect the soil and landscape of his homeland.  

“These images are expressions of my real life experiences. I personally encountered most of the figures on the canvases. Later, I painted them with my deep empathy and profound intuition,” said the passionate artist.

The work titled “Where is my Medicine?- Sobhan Chacha, helpless old man from Banari Para,” depicts a fierce yet helpless looking old man. “I met him when I visited my birth place Banari Para in Barisal. On the first moment of the meeting, he asked for his medicine. That moment was captured in my head as a picture and later I painted the memory,” said the empathetic painter.

The incomparable beauty of Bangladeshi women from rural and underprivileged settings has been portrayed with unmatched compassion and depth in Kabir’s canvases. Some of such paintings are Alta Sundori, Slum Queen 1 and 2, and Drying Her Only Saree which are the most dazzling gems of the exhibition. 

A great deal of Kabir’s philosophy is inspired by the great mystic bard of Bengal, Lalon. During the decade of ‘70s he painted a number works with the philosophy of Lalon and those were exhibited in 1980. In those images he experimented with forms in order to divide the physical space of his canvas into various compartments and placed Lalon in suggestive locations. In the current exhibition, he copied the only sketch of Lalon’s figure with mixed medium. Kabir said: “My understanding of Lalon has been evolved from what I used to feel about him during my youth. Sometimes I surrender and sometimes I even challenge his philosophy.”

Some of the large-scale works featured in the Bengal Gallery exhibition takes the audience by surprise.  The exhibition will conclude on April 1.   

Shahid Kabir, went on his own to the land of Pablo Picasso, to paint as the French Impressionists did, especially Vincent Van Gogh, who painted with his whole mind and heart, he loves Gauguin, Pissaro and the rest. He began as a print-maker in Europe, and now, he is a master painter of nature and man.

The paintings at the exhibition are outputs of six-years of painstaking work. “I worked seven hours almost every day during these six years.” About his unique style of painting, he said:  “When I paint, I simply submerge into the work. I do not know what it is looking like. After finishing it, I look at it from a distance to speculate.”

  • Graduacted Dacca University, Fire Art Faculty (Bangladesh, 1969)
  • Taught himself to paint at the same university from 1973 to 1980
  • Established in Madrid in 1980
  • Shows and international exhibitions:
  • Painting Show, Kultur Forum, Bonn, Germany - 1977
  • Painting Exhibtion, "White Chapel Gallery", England - 1979
  • Print Show, "Galería Estampa", Madrid, Spain - 1981
  • "Arco" International Art Exhibition, Madrid, Spain - 1982–1985
  • 12th "International Norwegian Graphic", Norway - 1984
  • 7th & 8th "International Norwegian Graphic", Norway - 1984, 1986
  • Art Expo N.Y., U.S.A. - 1985–1986
  • 2nd Listwel International Print Biennial, Ireland - 1985
  • 2nd Artecuadro Hall, Madrid, Spain - 1986
  • Art Expo Los Angeles, U.S.A. - 1986
  • Fiest, International Graphic Work Show, Paris, France - 1986
  • Graphic Work Museum, Norway - 1986

One man shows:

  • University Gallery, Dacca, Bangladesh - 1980
  • Atelier Gallery, Madrid, Spain - 1981
  • B. Witte Gallery, Middelburg, Holland - 1985

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