"You Are Under Watch" (2023); Mixed media on canvas. 36" x 48"

This week we welcome Kaiser Kamal, a Queens-based artist originally from Bangladesh.  Kamal earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Dhaka. He is actively involved with the Queens Council on the Arts and LIC-A (Long Island City Artists). Kamal has had six solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows. 

“Inclusion, NYC” (2023); Mixed media on canvas, 36″ x 48″ 

His works speak a visual language that is predominantly representational, but with a loose expressiveness that bursts with energy and at times teeters on the verge of abstraction.

“Evanescent” (2023); Charcoal on paper. 72″ x 30″ 

Kamal’s subject matter is inspired by his environment, the natural and the man-made. A recent series of work reflected on the realities of life during Covid — the isolation, the mortality, as well the uplifting stories of recovery. His paintings convey information via direct observation yet feel free from the constraints of realistic rendering. 

“Quarantine 2″ (2023); Mixed media on canvas. 36″ x 48”

“In my artwork, meaning is not absolute but suggestive. My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel, experience and imagine,” he says. “I try to create multiple layers of my own world,  inviting viewers to become part of that imaginary space. Rather than explain the meaning of the work, I prefer that viewers develop their own thoughts. Each individual sees something a little different from another.”

See more of Kamal’s work on his website and Instagram.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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