Abdus Shakoor (painter)

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Abdus Shakoor
Abdus Shakoor - 20090525.jpg
Shakoor in 2009
Born (1947-12-31) 31 December 1947 (age 70)

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

Early life and career[edit]

Shakoor was born on 31 December 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]

He is chairman of the Craft Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University.


Among the awards Shakoor has won is a gold medal in the 15th National Art Exhibition at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, in 2002.[2]


  1. ^ Takir Hossain (8 October 2008). "Ancient ballads on canvas". The Daily Star. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Abdus Shakoor Shah". Bengal Foundation.

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