Abdus Shakoor (painter)

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Abdus Shakoor
Abdus Shakoor - 20090525.jpg
Shakoor in 2009
Born (1947-12-31) 31 December 1947 (age 67)
Bogra district, East Bengal, Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Nationality Bangladeshi

Abdus Shakoor (born 31 December 1947) is a Bangladeshi painter and calligrapher.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Shakoor has won awards such as the Excellent Award in Japan[clarification needed], National Award[which?] in Dhaka and a UNSECO Fellowship in Italy,[citation needed] and is currently the chairman of the Craft Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University.


  1. ^ Takir Hossain (October 8, 2008). "Ancient ballads on canvas". The Daily Star. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 

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