In the artistic sensibility of Syed Iqbal one discovers
a passionate minstrel, a ceaseless traveler who preaches the
eternal unity of homo sapiens. This impression can be had
from his solo exhibitions. Though oil compositions dominate
his works, he freely moves in other mediums as well like oil
pastel, charcoal, water colour and pen and ink. Perhaps there
is no different opinion about the fact that oil is his forte;
but then he creates drawings with equal effortless ease.
Iqbal's paintings appealed visiting local
citizen of Montreal
city, at Laval Sheraton Hotel, Canada
art is said to be constantly aspiring to the condition of
music; and one becomes at one with this view of Walter Peter
as one watches the monoprint work titled Crucified Civilization.
His favorite work Dissolve is done in a soothing and harmonious
blend of blue, transparent ash and sap green thus anticipating
a lyrical mood. It portrays delicately organized play of luminosity
in orange and bright yellow in the main.
Nostalgia permeates his stylised forms displayed at the Montreal
solo show which he named "Turn Around, O Bangladesh."
This he so conceived because crunching poverty grips his motherland
where the majority of the people are underfed, undernourished
and ill-clad. In a word, the world advances but the quarter-century
old nation is still lagging behind many countries economically.
"There must be an end to political demagogy. No more
murderous clashes like dogs and beasts," he said. In
one of the ten oil creations a pigeon with a human head struggles
to come out of a cage. Green and red, the colours of the national
flag, have been used in all the compositions.
Syed Iqbal along with his wife Shahana
Iqbal (second from left)
renowned pharmacist of Boston Monju Biswas, Mine Mosrur
Huda and Architect Mohammad Iqbal
It was a sheer
pastime for that historic figure. To a professional artist,
who chooses to be so of his own volition, the approach is
never the same. A passionate urge sort of dictates him to
create or give expression to his thoughts and emotions. Perhaps
a germ of insatiable curiosity about all manner of things
and people and places run through his veins. When an ordinary
mortal finds nothing unusual in the countenance of an individual
who is often ignored, an artist with his meticulous and at
times discerning sight and insight discovers lines, intricate
wrinkles, protruding whiskers and peculiar features of his
face-the shape of his nose, eyes and ears thus introducing
person. Unable to explain the method of painting and with
out an ambition to create masterpieces, Sir Winston Churchill
once said that when he would get to heaven he should spend
a considerable portion of his first million years in painting.
Having had almost two decades of ecstatic experience of working
with paint and brush Iqbal feels he is still a beginner.
A gifted writer of fiction - he has published two novels
and three collections of tales so far- Iqbal firmly believes
that nearest the throne itself must be the footstool of humility.
Soft-spoken and self-effacing, the artist is opposed to pessimism
and degeneration. His world of abstraction articulates, mostly
in primary colours, the craving for a new age of progress
in his motherland. He understands that there is no virtue
which poverty does not destroy.
The perfect good is indeed the exercise of virtue. "As
a freedom fighter I feel that political freedom is not enough
because majority of the people of my country are still underprivileged.
So we must strive hard to march ahead and prosper," concludes