IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

MD Tokon
MD Tokon
MD Tokon


A prolific painter, Md Tokon started to paint when he was very young in his native Bangladesh and continues to produce remarkable paintings in New York City. One can easily detect a mature and skillful painter by the way he navigates space and handles the medium. The physicality and immediacy of his paintings are inspired moments of deep reflection; they transport the viewer to a place neither here nor there, a timeless place beyond the horizon.

Md Tokon recent abstractions are predicated on color, dark, light and space. The work he produce shares similarities with the lyrics of Bob Dylan & Rabindranath Tagore, which are simple, pure, and organic. The results are highly emotional, energetic & sensational. Md Tokon is in love with color and in love with the cities he grew up in. He learnt the soil layers from his childhood and captured the style when his mom used to take care of their soil house wall. His destination is unknown. But he is ready to walk on his land as long as he is not tired. Born in Jhenidah, Bangladesh, he grew up in a neighborhood not known for supporting artistic endeavors. But with the support of his family, he soon realized his dream. As a teenager he was inspired to pursue a career as an artist. When he was about 10 he made his first real painting. City life, the surrounding atmosphere and social structure have made a great impact on him. Through out the canvas he has been deeply influenced by layer of soil, light, surface, music lyrics, harmony and invention, monochrome and minimalism. He developed significant body of works that were often both poetic and pleasing to the eye while at the same time steeped in his diverse theoretical interests and influenced by his extensive travels. He created an opaque and dense surface of substance and mass. At the same time, the painting seems luminescent as if in building up the surface. He trapped the light within its layers & it's highly emotional & peaceful. ? His works are pure abstract and have a great touch of impressionism. His main focus is to bring to the canvas the expressive colors and Melodious area. In his work he apply many layers of paint, using gesture, the breath of emotion, and an internal sense of color. His paintings describe the story of nature, human emotions and it communicates in a mysterious way. Space plays a significant role in his works, sometime interior space, inner space, or landscape. His works are closely connected to dreams and illusions. In his use of color, he has displayed a certain romantic concern for vivacious, lively hues and soulful texture. All his paintings have a significant abstract expression focused on the depiction of emotions rather than objects. His work can be described as "Lyrical & atmospheric abstraction". Md Tokon's works also convey an insight into life and a spiritual attachment.

Md Tokon is emerging painter who has been living in New York for over fifteen years, and has earned a significant reputation as a painter. He obtained his B.A. Art & Communication Design at The City University of New York, B.F.A. Drawing and Painting, The Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University. He received Richard Lillis Memorial Scholarship, New York 2010. Also, he studied part time weekend studio at the Art Studentís League of New York from 2005 to 2010. He developed his style and technique in creating abstract paintings through the mentorship provided by different institute.. 2007-2010, he got Red Dot Award (Best Work at Ronnie Landfield class). Recently his works are exhibited Queens Museum of Art, New York ; Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden; Aicon Gallery, New York; Leonard Tourne Gallery, New York; Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University; Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut; Grace Art Gallery, Grace Institute New York; Tower 49 Sky Lobby Gallery, New York; The Affordable Art Fair New York; Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka; Dhaka Art Summit; International Art Expo, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York His most noted artistic influences are abstract expressionist New York. Most of these painters favored large canvasses, dramatic colors, and loose brushwork. Their work inspired and inclined him towards his choice of style. He likes the action, freedom, power, strength, excitement, and most of all the emotion that color and line can communicate.

His paintings are in the collections of the The City University of New York; Grace Institute, New York; Tower 49, New York; Chung Design, Memphis Tennessee; Le Pain Quotidien, Soho, New York; Clareo Partners, Chicago, IL, Corporate Art, LLC New Jersey, Pennsylvania, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bangladesh; High Commission on Canada; Bengal Foundation; & included in many gallery and important private collections internationally.
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