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MD Tokon

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Lives in
New York

Works in
New York


The Art Students League of New York



Md Tokon is in love with color and in love with the cities he grew up in. He learnt the soil ayers 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 11 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, 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 my diverse theoretical interests and influenced by my 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.

American abstract painter / instructor Ronnie Landfield Says, "I have written in the past that Md Tokon work was accomplished, well made, and expressive of his personal experience and of his sense of color and nature. Of late his work has become all the more succinct, direct, and to the point as he has matured into a painter who has a clear idea of what he needs to paint about. It is no small accomplishment to travel from one culture to another and to absorb what is universal and important from both cultures; and be able to reflect those insights and to create works of art that resonate meaning to all. Md Tokon has evolved into a very fine emerging young artist who has grasped the essence of the East and the West in his work."

Md Tokon is emerging painter who has been living in New York for over ten 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. Also with the help of mentors, he is practicing painting at Art Students League of New York under Ronnei Landfield, Mariano del Rosario & Larry Poons. 2009 , 2010, 2011 & 2012, he got Red Dot Award (Best Work at Ronnie Landfield class) & Merit Scholarshipat the Art Students League of New York. Recently his works are exhibited Queens Museum of Art, New York ; Aicon 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; 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; Sky view parc lobby, 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.

Recent Exhibits

MD Tokon participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2016 Erasing Borders
The Center for Contemporary Art
Mar, 2014 Erasing Borders 2014
Queens Museum of Art
Apr, 2013 The Depth of Space
Leonard Tourné Gallery
Mar, 2012 Indo‐American Arts Council’s 9th Annual Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora
Crossing Art Gallery
Jan, 2012 Silent Spaces
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
Jun, 2011 Diversity
A.T. Kearney
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