Qayyum Chowdhury (9 March 1932 – 30 November 2014)[1][2] was a Bangladeshi painter. Along with Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan and Safiuddin Ahmed, he is considered as a first generation artist of Bangladesh.[3] He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1984 and the Independence Day Award in 2014 by the Government of Bangladesh.[4][5]

Qayyum Chowdhury
কাইয়ুম চৌধুরী
Chowdhury in 1960
Born(1932-03-09)9 March 1932
Feni, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died30 November 2014(2014-11-30) (aged 82)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Known forPainting, book design and illustration
AwardsEkushey Padak (1984)

Early life edit

Chowdhury was born on 9 March 1932 in Feni. His father, Abdul Quddus Chowdhury, came from a landlord family and was a cooperative-bank official. Because of transferring job, Chowdhury lived in Chittagong, Comilla, Narail, Sandwip, Noakhali, Feni, Faridpur and Mymensingh in his boyhood.[6] His uncles, Mohtasambillah Chowdhury and Aminul Islam Chowdhury were writers.[7] In 1949, he completed his matriculation from Mymensingh City Collegiate School.[6] He graduated from Dhaka Art College (now Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1954.[2]

Career edit

Chowdhury in 2011

Chowdhury joined Dhaka Art College as a lecturer in 1957.[2] He then took a job at the newly established Design Centre to work under Quamrul Hassan. Within a year he joined the then Pakistan Observer where he served as the chief artist. He also started working for the Observer group's other publications namely Chitrali, a cine magazine and Purbadesh, a news magazine.[7] He went back to Dhaka Art College in 1965.[2] He was promoted to the position of assistant professor in 1970, to associate professor in 1986 and to professor in 1991.[6] He retired from the organization in 1994 but he kept teaching in the institute until 2002.[6]

Works edit

Chowdhury's early work include "My Sister" (oil painting, 1954), "Pawnbroker" (oil painting, 1956), "Boat in Moonlight" (watercolor, 1956) and Self-portrait (oil painting, 1959).[6] His later work were "Boat" (pen and ink, 2001), "Setting Sun" (pen and ink, 2001), "Secret Talk" (acrylic, 2004) and "Worried" (acrylic, 2004).[8] He held four solo exhibitions.[9][10]

Chowdhury began designing book covers by working on Zahir Raihan's book "Shesh Bikeler Meye".[2] He designed the cover of Shamsur Rahman (poet)'s first poetry collection, Prothom Gaan Dwityo Mrittyur Agey, and several books of Syed Shamsul Haque.[2]

Chowdhury was a member of Bangladesh Bank's currency note design committee and mural committee and designed several currency notes in circulation.[2]

Chowdhury had been involved with daily Prothom Alo since its inception in 1998.[2] He was the convenor of the Charu Karu Shilpi Songram Parishad during the liberation war in 1971.[11]

Awards edit

  • First prize for Painting, National Art Exhibition in Lahore (1961)[12]
  • The Imperial Court Prize, Tehran Biennale (1966)[12]
  • Gold medal for book design from the National Book Centre, Dhaka (1975)[12]
  • Shilpakala Academy Award (1977)[12]
  • Ekushey Padak (1984)[4]
  • 6th Bangabandhu Award (1994)[12]
  • Leipzig Book Fair Prize for book illustration (1983)[12]
  • Sultan Padak (1999)[12]

Personal life and death edit

Chowdhury with his wife

In 1960, Chowdhury married Tahera Khanum, (1935–2021) an artist who was one of the first four girls to get admitted to the Art College in 1954.[7] Together they had a son Moinul Islam Zaber.[13]

On 30 November 2014, Chowdhury fell sick while delivering his speech on the fourth-day of Bengal Foundation organized classical music festival in Bangladesh Army Stadium. He had been taken to Combined Military Hospital, where he was declared dead.[2][14]

Documentary on Qayyum Chowdhury edit

A documentary film on the life and work of Qayyum Chowdhury was directed and scripted by Fahmida Akhter (as "Fahmida Munni") in 2004 entitled "Nishorger Ankiey" (2004, Ode to Nature : Portrait of an Artist), produced by Bengal Foundation. [15],[16]

References edit

  1. ^ "Qayyum Chowdhury's 79th birthday celebration". The Daily Star. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Painter Qayyum Chowdhury dies after collapsing at classical music fest". 30 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Qayyum Chowdhury". The Daily Star. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b একুশে পদকপ্রাপ্ত সুধীবৃন্দ [Ekushey Padak winners list] (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Independence Day Award" (PDF). Government of Bangladesh. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e "The legacy of Qayyum Chowdhury one year on". The Asian Age Online, Bangladesh. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "An Artist of Exceptional Versatility". The Star. The Daily Star. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  8. ^ "An epitaph for Qayyum Chowdhury". The Daily Star. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Qayyum Chowdhury Turns 79". The Daily Star. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Qayyum Chowdhury exhibition opens today". The Daily Star. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Nation grieves Qayyum's death". The Daily Star. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Dhaka Art Center, Qayyum Chowdhury". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Adieu, Qayyum Chowdhury". The Daily Star. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Artist Qayyum Chy passes away". The Daily Star. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Nishorger Ankieya (2004) (Part-1) a documentary film on painter Qayyum Chowdhury by Fahmida Munni".
  16. ^ "Nishorger Ankieya (2004) (Part-2) a documentary film on painter Qayyum Chowdhury by Fahmida Munni".