Paintings by Md Tokon
Monday, May 24 – Thursday, July 1, 2010
Cocktail reception: Wednesday June 2nd, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
Grace Institute Art Gallery is pleased to present “Breathing Color,” an exhibition by Md Tokon. This exhibition displays the
work of Md Tokon who has lived, studied, and worked in New York City since 2001, and has earned a significant reputation
as a painter.
Md Tokon is in love with color and with the cities where he grew up. He grew up in a neighborhood which was not very
supportive of artistic endeavors. But with the encouragement of his family, he soon realized his dream. When he was 11,
he made his first real painting. As a teenager he was inspired to pursue a career as an artist. City life, the surrounding
atmosphere, and social structure have made a great impact on him. He has been deeply influenced by nature and his
paintings reflect his interest in time, history, and capturing a moment. His works are purely abstract and with a touch of
impressionism, focusing on the depiction of emotions rather than objects. Colors are the predominant aspect in
Md Tokon obtained his B.A. in Art & Communication Design at The City University of New York. Also with the help of
mentors, he is practicing painting at The Art Students League of New York. His work is included in many galleries and
The Art Students League of New York Instructor Ronnie Landfield wrote: “Md Tokon is a dedicated, talented, and hard
working painter. His paintings are on a high level of accomplishment, consistent, well made, and colorful. His work is expressive of both nature and his own personal experience. His paintings have an appeal to all types of viewers.”
Grace Institute Art Gallery marks its eighth anniversary in 2010. In that time, over 70 artists have displayed their work,
making the Grace Institute Art Gallery a notable place for emerging and established artists to show their work. Grace
invites artists of different mediums to display their work every six to eight weeks. Past exhibitions have included
photography, illustrations, painting, collage, pastel, drawing, printmaking, and quilting. Students, staff, and visitors alike
enjoy the cultural enrichment these exhibits bring to Grace Institute and the community.
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especially immigrants, find employment. For over 100 years, Grace Institute has provided tuition-free, practical job training
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