Abdus Shakoor (painter)
Shakoor in 2009
31 December 1947 |
Bogra district, East Bengal, Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Abdus Shakoor (born 31 December 1947) is a Bangladeshi painter and calligrapher.
Early life and career
Shakoor was born on 31 December in 1947 in the Bogra district of Bangladesh. His work focuses on ancestral and historical themes, following in the folk-tradition of Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan, Jamini Roy and Qayyum Chowdhury. Common themes in Shakoor's paintings include Bengali folk motifs and ballads; the Mahua and Malua love stories[further explanation needed] as well as the Nakshi Kanthar Math and the Maimansingha Gitika. He has illustrated his works with folk-motifs. Peacock and parrots as well as elephants, bulls, cats, tigers, serpents and lizards feature prominently in his works.
All of Shakoor's compositions are bordered with free-flowing thick brush lines. There is almost no hard line in the paintings. His style has been compared with European artists such as Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee.
Shakoor has won awards such as the Excellent Award in Japan[clarification needed], National Award[which?] in Dhaka and a UNSECO Fellowship in Italy, and is currently the chairman of the Craft Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University.
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