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Abu Jafar MRBS

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Sculptor Abu Jafar MRBS
Abu Jafar

About Abu Jafar

Abu Jafar is an acclaimed leading International artist and Philosopher of the arts. Since 1991 he lives and work in United Kingdom. He gathers elements through his emotional experiences then transform them into the art forms which could incorporate anything and everything that`s around him.

Exhibition History of Abu Jafar

One person Exhibitions
2012 Hope@Letchworth12, Fenners Sculpture Garden, Letchworth UK
2012 Ekush Bochor- IAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2011 Abu Jafar - Hope@ 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
2011 Abu Jafar Open Studio, Wakefield UK
2011 "Celebration" @ Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield UK
2010 Abu Jafar – HOPE @ Monnow Valley, Monnow Valley Arts Centre, UK
2010 Abu Jafar – HOPE @ Beam, Beam, Wakefield
2010 Abu Jafar – HOPE @ 20:21, 20:21 Visual Arts Centre, UK
2009 GSK Harlow, UK
2008 The Art House, Wakefield, UK
2002 White Letter 2002
2002 Trafalgar Sq, London UK
2001 McDowell Modern Art, London, UK.
2000 Abu Jafar Open, London, UK
1996 Snow flower- Installation with snow and 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
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
2012
Big Draw, Fenners Building Studios, Letchworth, UK
First Group Show, Fenners Building Studios, Letchworth, UK
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

2011
The ArtPark International, St Martin Guernsey, 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
Autumn Exhibition 07, Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
Open Studio 07, Burghley Sculpture Garden, Stamford, Lincolnshire UK
Asia House London, UK
Aubourn Hall and 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 at The Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka.

Biography / CV of Abu Jafar

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 and 2009 become a Member of The Arts Club, London UK.

Last 27 years Jafar has exhibited internationally and in the UK. Extensively working from painting to installation to sculpture involving anything from everything: in his words.

Spring 2006 Jafar has created some very unusual installation form of sculpture including ?Wonder Nature? at Sir Hillier Gardens 2006, ?The Wonder Burghley? at the Burghley Sculpture Garden 2007, ?On My Way? at the Botanic Garden University of Leicester 2008 and Falling Leaves / Wonder Nature at GSK 2009. These projects were a site-specific Installation form of sculpture containing 5-7 and 12 structures. The presentation combines paintings, drawings, blown glass, fused glass and pure interaction with its natural surroundings. Over the time, the sculpture has evolved with additional 26 structures to a current project ABU JAFAR - HOPE is going to exhibit through out this summer at the Monnow Valley Sculpture garden, Herefordshire and Beam Sculpture Park, Wakefield. The latest extensions have added some new dimension to the installation. Wonder through the windows and look beyond.

Jafar sculpture is about celebrating our ever-changing curiosity of mind and symbolises the beauty that keeps us wonder in every step we make and every angle we look. It is the endless journey to find a betterment of our unknown needs. The journey to in which we are going through our hopes and visions, each day creating a new chapter and looking forward to seeing something more that is undisclosed. Every structure signifies metaphorically the letter H for hope, and the window on the structure signifies a window of opportunity driving endlessly forward. Some ornaments of this sculpture will reflect the beauty of the nature and light the way it beam throw in our memory and our every day life today. These sculptures are all about nature wonder where our mind explores like biomedical science reading through pulse and looking through eyes and discover. This sculpture has a sense of finished and unfinished mood that creates a question mark like a jigsaw puzzle. It offers a new way of looking at and discovering.

Taking his inspiration from psychology, philosophy, classical music as well as day-to-day human existence. By producing art that is far from traditional, He is actively attempting to shatter staid ideas of the past regarding art; his art is the synthesis of colour, element and presentation twisted into unusual form.

Most of his large scale Installations involved nature, public and the environment. His work simplifies our daily lives and the diversity of mankind in his imaginative notion in a way that reflects imaginative power and ever changing creative forces of new formative arts.

In late January 1995 he moved from London to Brockhall Village at the heart of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. In November 1996 he back to London and in 2005 Jafar move to Kings Langley then in 2008 at The Art House, Wakefield UK.

Artist Statement of Abu Jafar

`I gather elements through my emotional experiences then transform them into the art forms which could incorporate anything and everything that`s around me.` Abu Jafar

For the last 24 years I have been exhibited my work through out England and abroad including Leister University Botanic Garden, Burghley House, Sir Hillier Gardens, Beam sculpture garden, Monnow Valley sculpture Garden and many more.

Since 1984 I have 14 solo exhibitions I have 4 two person exhibitions and over 68-group show. I have made my work from pencil sketches to pen
drawing to painting to installation to sculpture. I have countless publicity in papers and have interview with TV and radios.

I am inspired by psychology, philosophy, classical music and day-to-day human existence; the work that I produce is far from traditional. Actively attempting to shatter staid perceptions of art history, my work
synthesizes color, element and presentation, resulting in a hybrid of unusual forms.

To date, most of my large-scale installations and paintings have been concerned with nature, public spaces and the environment. Frequently
created from glass, steel, light, paint and sound, each new installation is informed by the last, meaning no single work has a start and an end, but instead adds a chapter to an evolving narrative.

Sculpture and paintings encourage interaction with the natural surroundings, both by the art itself and the viewer. My work sets out to
simplify our daily lives and the diversity of mankind. In doing so it reflects the imaginative power and ever changing creative forces of new formative arts.

In 2007 Become an Associates Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and 2009 become a Member of The Arts Club, London UK.

Here is some comment about my work by some distinguish people

`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

`Jafar arrived at Goldsmith`s College with an already established artistic practice and reputation as a painter. His work seems to be evolving in interesting ways. He has gained confidence and is able to play off traditional and modernist elements in his work`
- Dr. Sarat Maharaj, Goldsmith`s College University of London

`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.

`Jafar`s grasp of subject power of vision and ability to assimilate may
surprise many`
-Writer Anis Choudhury-Dhaka

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 and Art critic, London.

Awards and Prizes of Abu Jafar

2001- Life time membership of the Millennium Awards Fellowship, UK.
2007 Become an Associates Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
2009 become a Member of The Arts Club, London UK.
2011 He is Fellow of the Digswell Arts Trust, UK.

Short-listed
2008 The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Abu Jafar

Commissions
2006 Wonder Acklam, Commissioned by The Royal Borough of Kensington and 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
1997 Artist in residency at Central Foundation Girls School, Tower Hamlets, London UK
1997 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
1994 Buxton School, London UK

Reviews of work by Abu Jafar

“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

Qualifications / Education of Abu Jafar

Abu Jafar 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.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Abu Jafar

Interview on TV/ Radio
2008 BBC Look North (July 07)
2002 ETV Bangladesh and Europe
2001 BBC World service radio, broadcast from Bush House, London UK
2001 Voice of America VOA radio, broadcast from Washington, USA
2001 Bangla TV, London UK

Influences / Inspiration of Abu Jafar

Nature and current politics.

Price Range of Work

Abu Jafar's work has a price range from £5,000 to £125,000

Mediums utilised

Abu Jafar's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Abu Jafar's work is found in the following categories on site:
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (5)
Square Rectangular Cube shaped Abstract sculpture statue (4)
Architectural Sculptures (3)
Fabricated Metal Abstract sculpture (3)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (3)
Installation Sculpture (2)
Stainless Steel Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture (2)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Geometric Sculpture Statues statuary statuettes. Usually Abstract Contemporary Modern work
Objects of desire Sculptures
Angular Abstract Modern Contemporary sculpture statuary
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary
Conceptual Art Sculptures Statues often Large or Monumental Abstract Art
Glass or Acrylic Transparant Sculptures

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Abu Jafar's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2013 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2010 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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