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Abu Jafar ARBS

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Abu Jafar (Visual Artist / Sculptor) is an acclaimed leading International artist and Philosopher of the arts who lives and work in United Kingdom. Born on March 21, 1968 in a small village called Jhilna, Patuakhali, Bangladesh. He studied fine arts, painting and drawing at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 1984/89, Master Drawing of the human figure at the Guildhall University,

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  • Location: Letchworth Garden City, East
  • Activities: Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Disability arts, Community arts, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Web development
  • Categories: Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Public Art, Sculpture
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Biography

Abu Jafar (Visual Artist / Sculptor) is an acclaimed leading International artist and Philosopher of the arts who lives and work in United Kingdom. Born on March 21, 1968 in a small village called Jhilna, Patuakhali, Bangladesh. He studied fine arts, painting and drawing at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 1984/89, Master Drawing of the human figure at the Guildhall University, London 1989/90, Art and Art History at the Goldsmith’s College, University of London 1991/92 and Philosophy of Arts at the Open University, 1997 UK. In 2007 Become an Associates Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, He become a Fellow of Digswell Arts Trust 2011 and 2009 become a Member of Sculpture Network. He works and live in United Kingdom “Jafar’s grasp of subject power of vision and ability to assimilate may surprise many” -Writer Anis Choudhury-Dhaka “Abu Jafar is a committed and established artist with a strong exhibition record in the UK. His use of a rich range of media and breadth of concern have earned the artist the wide respect of his peers in London” -Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Director of Visual Arts, The Arts Council of England. UK “ Abu Jafar is a very energetic and gifted artist who has worked in a wide range of media, including installation/ performance as well as sculpture and painting.” -Isoble Johnston , Curator , Arts Council Collection London UK "His installations are placed in our public spaces -in amongst our everyday lives. Their beauty and lack of pomp garners our curiosity-we approaches them openly. Curiosity is the most wonderful of human instincts because it removes us from the momentum of our day lives and it opens our minds. In opening our minds we can explore new ideas, imagine positive change and therefore create our own new sense of coherence. This coherence gives us hope; hope gives us the ability to create our own futures based on the new context we find ourselves in. Abu's work isn't an explanation of hope, it is a gift of hope to those who engage with it" -Anne Cunningham - Chief Executive The Art House "Hope can be static and even negative but a positive form of hope perhaps involves the movement of a journey. Abu Jafar's series of installations invites a 'journey' from one to the next, but the viewer can also journey among them, catching the changing reflection of light through the various piece of coloured glasswork, studying the carving lines of patches of colour inscribed on each installation...Making meanings of all this can be seen as a form of fruitful involvement, of hope" -Mark Treharne – Author “ What impresses a viewer a Jafar’s painting though his meager output not withstanding, is a sense of total dedication that he brings to in his work. One feels that Jafar is pouring out his whole being in his work, which speaks of his deep convictions and his belief in humanity and the power of love to transform the world, Amour Vincent Omni a could as will be a natural theme for Jafar”. -Professor Dr. S. Manzoorul Islam, University of Dhaka. “His work is vibrant in colour and depicts the brighter side of lie, paintings of internal love between man and woman as well as humanity and harmony between people. The desire to depict on canvas a world free of suffering and social injustice has been furled by his own experiences and his determination to succeed as an artist has given him a greater insight into the struggle of others” -Debbie Sellman, Art Critic, London. The blurring of distinction between figure and ground is a major factor in decorative art. In the classical arabesque rhythm and pattern sweep both terms into an active mixture. In Islamic traditions writing and decorative design become similarly fused, design and sign become one form. Jafar’s work welds together signature and painterly decoration as a ground, which then, (after a while) emerges as a figure working energetically within the environment. This shared emerging figure is endlessly at home because it continually draws its own ground. Rather than basing a landscape on a grid we find its foundation in the movement of a dynamic arabesque in a flourish of signatures. -Phil king, Artist & Art critic, London

CV & Education

I studied fine arts, painting and drawing at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 1984/89, Master Drawing of the human figure at the Guildhall University, London 1989/90, Art and Art History at the Goldsmith’s College, University of London 1991/92 and Philosophy of Arts at the Open University, 1997 UK. In 2007 Become an Associates Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and 2011 become a Fellows of Digswell Arts Trust, UK.

Taking inspiration from psychology, philosophy, classical music as well as day-to-day human existence. By producing art that is far from traditional, I am actively attempting to shatter staid ideas of the past regarding art; my art is the synthesis of colour, element and presentation twisted into unusual form. Most of my large scale Installations involved nature, public and the environment. My work simplifies our daily lives and the diversity of mankind in my imaginative notion in a way that reflects imaginative power and ever changing creative forces of new formative arts.

EXHIBITIONS

One person Exhibitions

2013                         “Ekush Bochor Sheshe” - Retrospective
                                National Gallery, ( Shilpo Kala Academy ) Dhaka, Bangladesh

2012                         Ekush Bochor-  IAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh

                                Hope@Letchworth
                                Fenners Building, Letchworth UK

2011                         Hope @2021 
                                2021 Visual  Arts Center, Scunthorpe, UK

                                Celebration @ Wakefield
                                Wakefield Cathedral, UK

2010                        Abu Jafar – HOPE@Beam

                               Beam sculpture park, Wakefield, UK

                                Abu Jafar – HOPE@ Monnow Valley
                                Monnow Valley Arts Centre, UK                       

2009                         GSK Harlow, UK

2008                         The Art House, Wakefield, UK

2002                         White Letter 2002, Installation at Trafalgar Sq, London UK

2001                         McDowell Modern Art, London, UK.

2000                         Abu Jafar Open, London, UK

1996                        Snow flower
                               Installation with snow & glass at the Brockhall Village, Lancashire, UK         

1994                        So much to tell about, at the Spitalfields Market, London, UK

1995                        COMMUNICATION
                               Installation at the Changing Room Gallery, London, UK

1993/4                     New End Theatre Gallery, London, UK

1993                        “Unknown love”
                               Bonnington Square, London, UK

                                 A letter to Eleanor
                                 The  York Hall , London, UK

                                SWEET LOVE
                                The York Hall, London UK

1992                         RELATION IN- BETWEEN NATURE , PAINTING AND LIFE
                                Raymont Hall, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London UK

1990                         THE DEWS OF THE MORNING
                                The British Council, Dhaka Bangladesh

1989                        The High Hall, University of Birmingham, UK

 Two person Exhibitions


2006                            Grand Design Lives, Excel London, UK

2005                            Barn-B Open Studio 05, St. Albans, UK

1994                            Spitalfields Market, London UK

1991                            USSR, Cultural Centre, Dhaka Bangladesh

Group Exhibitions                                                                                                                 

2013                      ‘Timeline’
                              Fenners Building, Letchworth, UK                                

                              National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka Bangladesh

                              The ArtPark International, St Martin Guernsey, UK

2012                      The ArtPark International, St Martin Guernsey, UK

                              Summer Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City, UK

                              7th Annual Atelier East Summer Exhibition,
                              Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Wisbech, UK

                              Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City, UK

                              National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka Bangladesh

2011                       UNEARTHED – Warton House, Stratford, London UK

                              Summer Exhibition, Kings Langley, UK 

                             The ArtPark International, St Martin Guernsey, UK

                              Art Walk, The Art House, Wakefield, UK

                              Art Walk, The Art House, Wakefield, UK

                              Art Walk, The Art House, Wakefield, UK

2010                       The ArtPark International, St Martin Guernsey, UK

                              Art Walk, The Art House, Wakefield, UK

                              Art Walk, The Art House, Wakefield, UK

                              Art Walk, The Art House, Wakefield, UK

                              Asia House London, UK

2009                       Art Mazia, Massy, France

                              Glasshaus IV, The Gallery, Parndon Mill, Harlow Essex, UK
      
                               Art Walk, The Art House, wakefield, UK

                               One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, UK

                                Asia House London, UK.

                                The Sculpture Park, Surry, UK

2008                        Botanic Garden, Leicester University, Leicester. UK.

                               The Art House, Wakefield, UK.

                               Open Studio, The Art House, Wakefield, UK

                                Asia House London, UK

                               Glasshaus III, The Gallery, Parndon Mill, Harlow Essex, UK

                               The Sculpture Park, Surry, UK                             

2007                        Margaret Harvey Gallery Open Exhibition
                               
Margaret Harvey Gallery, ST. Albans, UK

                               Canterbury Festival Art Fair
                               The University College for the Creative Arts, Canterbury UK

                               Glasshaus II, The Gallery, Parndon Mill, Harlow Essex, UK

                                Autumn Exhibition 07, Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK

                                Open Studio 07

                                Burghley Sculpture Garden, Stamford, Lincolnshire UK

                                Asia House London, UK

                                Aubourn Hall & Gardens, Lincoln, UK

                                The Forge Studio and Gallery" Heriard, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK

2006                          The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon, UK

                                 The Gallery, Harlow, UK

                                 Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, UK

                                 Diligence International in Devon

                                 Newcross Healthcare Solutions in Devon 

2005                          The National Glass Fair 2005, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK

                                 The Studio Glass Gallery, London. UK

                                 The Gallery, Harlow, UK

                                 New London Glass, London UK

                                  Artshed Gallery, Ware, UK         

2001                           McDowell Modern Art, London UK
                               
                                  McDowell Modern Art, London UK

2000                          GANG-Blackheath Hall, London UK
                               
                                Aartvark Gallery, Leed, UK
                               
                                Atlantis Gallery, London UK
                              
                                Open Studio Trinity Buoy Wharf, London UK

1999                        LETEC Exhibition, London UK.

                               OPEN STUDIO -Trinity Buoy Wharf, London UK

                               Alternative Arts Exhibition, London UK

                               Trinity Buoy Wharf Group, London UK

1998                         THE WHITECHAPEL OPEN 98, London UK

                                Hidden Art Spitz Gallery, London UK

1997                         LETEC Exhibition, London UK

1996                         SCORCHED Brockhall Village, Lancashire UK

1995                         Platform Art Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancashire UK

                                FIRST OPEN STUDIO Brockhall Village, Lancashire UK

1994                         LVS Resource Centre, London UK

                                Devenant Centre, London UK

1993/4                      CONTRIBUTIONS of Panchayat, Spitalfields Market, London

                               The York Hall, London

                               TEXACO BUILDING Westerry Circus, Canary Wharf, London

                               The Concourse Gallery, Barbican Centre, London


1992                         SYMPTOM Brixton Art Gallery , London

                               INTERNATIONAL ARTS EVENT Hull, England

                               LATOF Spitalfields Market, London

                               1st exhibition of 4th World Arts, London

                               2nd exhibition of 4th World Arts, London

                              “ A Church with a View” at the St. Peters Heritage Centre, London

1989                        NEW YEARS DAY, Zia Hall University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

1984/9                     All annual/major exhibitions 
                               
The Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka.                               

Commission

2006                       Wonder Acklam, 
                             Commissioned by The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London UK

2001                       Chol Theatre “Lady Rani boat painting
                              involved 30 student from local primary school in Huddersfield, UK.

2000                        Investment Bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserestein, London UK

1997                       LIFT utshob project 
                              Collaboration work with A team Arts of Tower Hamlets, London UK

                              Artist in residency at Central Foundation Girls School,
                              Tower Hamlets, London UK

                              Brentwood School Arts Week 97, Cheshire UK

1995                       Temporary Museum work Devenan Center, London UK

1994                       Visiting Artist- Summer School, Stepney Green High School, London
                              Buxton School, London UK

Interview on TV/ Radio

2013                        NTV Bangla, Bangladesh
                               24 TV Bangladesh
                               71 TV Bangladesh
                               Bangladesh Betar
                               Desh TV Bangladesh
                               Machranga TV Bangladesh
                               Gtv Bangladesh
                               Independent TV Bangladesh
                               Bangla Vision TV Bangladesh
                               BBC 4County Radio (East)

2012                        Bangladesh Betar
2008                        BBC Look North (July –7)
2002                        ETV Bangladesh & Europe
2001                        BBC World service radio, broadcast from Bush House, London UK

                               Voice of America VOA radio, broadcast from Washington, USA
                               Bangla TV, London UK

Short-listed

2011                         Ellesmere Arts trail, UK

2008                         The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK

2007                         Jutta Cuny Franz Memorial Award,
                                Museum Kunst palest
                                Glassmuseum Hentrich, Dusseldorf, Germany                          

Awards
Life time membership of the Millennium Awards Fellowship, UK