Abdul Salam is a print maker turned artist. Having had a solid background in printing, he has intimate knowledge of material and ink. He can be termed sagacious for his understanding of colours, ink and textures. His printing background also helps him bring together two seemingly opposite colours, textures or processes and put it together in a stunningly meaningful way.
Abdul Salam is a naturally gifted artist. How his mind has been preoccupied and engulfed by the precarious condition of the society we live in comes out unconstrained in his works. His depiction of the fish is a fine example of this. Involving etching and aquatint, it is a vivid visual parable of a world in turmoil. In the artists own words, “Fish is a staple item that people of the region consume like a sweet during every meal. Through globalization and local politics leading to scarcity, it has turned to skeletal remains. And the taste has receded into liquid darkness.”
He has held his solo shows in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2014) and 2006 Aurodhan Art Gallery, Pondicherry (2006). He has also participated in a large number of group shows with other prominent artists across India.
Abdul Salam has also been the recipient of many honours and awards from several art academies and art societies across India. The artist also loves imparting his skill and knowledge to others and is a keen and active participant in art camps both his own and those organized by art galleries and art colleges.