Shahbuddin’s works at online auction fascinate audiences

On Sowda.com, one of the paintings is already sold out and auctions for “Freedom” will close today. Meanwhile, bidding for three of his works on Astaguru closed yesterday

September 30, 2021, 1:15 p.m.

Last modification: September 30, 2021, 2:04 p.m.

Shahabuddin Ahmed. Photo: courtesy

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Shahabuddin Ahmed. Photo: courtesy

Over the past few weeks, art lovers in Bangladesh have been captivated by the ongoing online auctions of internationally acclaimed painter Shahabuddin Ahmed.

The bidding opportunity to collect four of Shahabuddin Ahmed’s paintings has been opened by e-commerce site Sowda.com. Beginning in August, the auction will continue until October 6.

Art lovers from different parts of the world can participate in the auction by registering on the Sowda.com website and following a few simple steps.

The auction in Sowda interestingly coincides with another online auction hosted by Indian online auction house Astaguru where

Shahabuddin’s “Untitled” creation is offered at an estimate of six to eight lakh rupees, alongside two of his other works, and bidding is set to close on September 29. The auction features the work of 87 Indian artists.

Shahabuddin Ahmed is arguably the most famous living Bangladeshi artist. He was awarded the Chevalier De L’ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Fine Arts and Human Sciences) by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communication of France in 2014.

To run. Image: Shahabuddin Ahmed

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To run.  Image: Shahabuddin Ahmed

To run. Image: Shahabuddin Ahmed

He is also a recipient of the Independence Day Award from the Government of Bangladesh in 2000. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries such as the Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland, the Municipal Museum of Bourg-en-Bresse, France, the Seoul Olympic Museum, South Korea. , the National Museum of Taiwan and the National Museum of Bangladesh.

Zakaria Swapan, founder of Sowda.com, spoke to The Business Standard about the auction process, Shahabuddin Ahmed’s participation and their future plans.

Zakaria Swapan. Photo: courtesy

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Zakaria Swapan.  Photo: courtesy

Zakaria Swapan. Photo: courtesy

“We started Sowda.com. in May or June and we were selling different types of products such as home decor, electronics, fashion accessories and clothing among others. When we decided to put paintings up for auction and to search for artwork, we luckily got these four paintings by famous painter Shahabuddin Ahmed through art agent ArtCon,” Swapan said.

Swapan informed that ArtCon reached out to Shahabuddin Ahmed on their behalf and was very cooperative and amazed by the idea. Therefore, four of his exclusive paintings were added for the auction – Freedom, Horses, Run-1 and Run-2.

Horse. Image: Shahabuddin Ahmed

Horse. Image: Shahabuddin Ahmed