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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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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

Over two decades of my artistic journey, I have had more than 127 exhibitions including 24 solo, 7 two-person and more than

96 group exhibitions here in UK and abroad. My artworks have been collected all over the world. In 2011, I become a Fellow of

Digswell Arts, UK.

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 - Guildhall University, London in1989/90 UK, Art and Art History, Goldsmith’s College, University of London UK

in 1991/92 and Philosophy of Arts, Open University 1997 UK. In 2007 Become an Associates Member of the Royal British

Society of Sculptors and 2011 become a Fellow of Digswell Arts Trust, UK.

Taking my 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.

Here are some comments about my work and me:

“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, Former 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 , Former 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

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"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 life, 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.

“Jafar’s grasp of subject power of vision and ability to assimilate may surprise many”

- Late Anis Choudhury-Dhaka (Writer)

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

EXHIBITIONS

One person Exhibitions

2015 Rich Mix Gallery

London UK

2014 Shanghai, China.

2013 “Ekush Bochor Sheshe”

Retrospective solo Exhibition at The Bangladesh National Gallery, ( Shilpo Kala Academy ) Dhaka, Bangladesh

2012 Ekush Bochor- IAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hope@Letchworth

Fenners Building, Letchworth UK

2011 Hope @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

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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

Brockhall Village, Lancashire, UK.

1994 So much to tell about,

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 MORNINGThe

British Council, Dhaka Bangladesh

1989 The High Hall, University of Birmingham, UK

Two person Exhibitions

2015 Open House, Kings Langley, UK

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

2016 Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City.

Christmas Exhibition, Letchworth Garden City.

2015 Art of the Glass

Sculpt Gallery, Colchester, UK

Firistsite Open 2015

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester, UK

Lubomirov Easton Editions 15

Lubomirov Easton, London UK

Towards Abstraction

Gallery Argentum, London UK.

Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City, UK

2014 The ArtPark International, St Martin Guernsey, UK

“Longest Day” Letchworth Garden City, UK

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Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City, UK

2013 The ArtPark International, St Martin Guernsey, UK

“Time line” Letchworth Garden City, UK

Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City, UK

National Gallery, Shilpakal Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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 Gallery, Shilpakal 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

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

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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

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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 at The Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka.

Commission

2010 Abu Jafar – HOPE@Beam

Beam sculpture park, Wakefield, UK

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

2015 Chanel I TV UK

Bangla Radio UK

2013 ATN Bangladesh

ATN Bangla, Bangladesh

GTV Bangladesh

Independent24 tv Bangladesh

Massranga tv Bangladesh

Ekattor.tv Bangladesh

Boishakhi tv Bangladesh

Ntv Bangladesh

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Rtv Bangladesh

Somoye TV

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

Publications

2016 The Best of 2016

23 cm x 23 cm|108 pages

International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) is pleased to present a selection of the best entries from the 4th

award edition. IEAA is Dubai's annual contemporary art award open internationally for emerging visual artists.

(Page 104)

2015 Tratti Poetici by Maria Pia Cappello

ISBN : 978-88-941466-0-8 (Page 161-168 )

2014 Who’s Who in Art,

36th Edition – Autobiographies of Leading Men and Women of the World of Art in Britain Today.

Published By: Hilmarton Manor Press

ISBN-10: 095360392X

ISBN-13: 9780953603923

2013 "ABU JAFAR"

Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy

Essay by Phill Ling and Maria Pia Cappello

ISBN: 978-0-957-1930-0-0

2013 Timeline

Digswell Arts UK

2012 Ekush Bochor - Abu Jafar

Institute of Art and Culture Dhaka, Bangladesh

ISBN :978-0-9571930-1-7

2008 Masters of today

Petru A. Russu

ISBN10: 91-89685-18-0

ISBN13: 978-91-89685-18-5

Page 48-49

2008 A sense of place

University of Leicester

ISBN: 978-0-901507-04-4

My details on page 12-13

2007 Time

Burghley sculpture Garden, UK

2010 Who's Who in Art 34: Autobiographies of Leading Men and Women of the World of Art in Britain Today

Publisher: Hilmarton Manor Press; 34th Revised edition (10 July 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0904722449

ISBN-13: 978-0904722444

My details page 365

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2000 Connections

Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, London

Curator

2014 “Longest Day” Letchworth Garden City, UK

2013 “Time line” Letchworth Garden City, UK

2012 Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City, UK

2001 GROUP SHOW, London UK

McDowell Modern Art, London UK

DOWN TO THE WOOD - Pascal-Michel Dubois

McDowell Modern Art, London UK

SOLO EXHIBITION- Maurice Agis

McDowell Modern Art, London UK

Short-listed

2016 International Emerging Artist Award, Art Dubai 16

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

2001 Life time membership of the Millennium Awards Fellowship, UK