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Abdus Shakoor Shah

Abdus Shakoor’s work focuses on ancestral and historical themes, following in the folk-tradition of Jainul Abedin, Qamrul Hasan, Jamini Roy & Qaaiyum Chowdhury. Common themes in Shakoor's paintings include Bengali folk motifs and ballads, the mahua & malua love stories as well as Nakshi kanther Math, Gazir Pat & Mansha Pat of Mymensingh Geetica. He has illustrated his stories with elements & folk-motifs. Peacock & Parrots as well as Elephants, Bulls, Cats, Tigers, Serpants & Lizards feature prominently in his works.

Present Position

Director and Professor
Head of the Department
Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University

Born in 1936 at Dhaka, Bangladesh


1970 : BFA from the College of Arts & Crafts, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1974 : Studied painting at the Department of Fine Arts, University of Chittagong.
1978 : Post Diploma in Fine Arts from the M. S. University, Baroda, India.


1976 : Scholarship under Bangladesh-India Cultural Exchange Program
1977 : Best Prize, Lalitkala Academy, Gujrat, India
1983 : 1st Prize Bata International Art Exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1991 : Excellence Award, Tokyo, Japan (Post and Telecommunication)
1993 : Diploma Ucrestnictwa, Poland
1998 : 2nd Prize International Miniature Art Exhibition, (Gallery Tone) Dhaka, Bangladesh; Hon. Mention Award 13th National Art Exhibition Dhaka, Bangladesh; Runner up Prize International Noma Concours (ACCU) Competition, Tokyo, Japan (2000)

Solo Exhibitions

1975-91 : Rajshahi, Bogra and Dhaka
1998-99 : Divine Art Gallery, Dhaka
1998 : Nagoya, Japan.
2000 : DD Gallery, Dhaka
2002 : 8th Solo Exhibition, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka

Group Exhibition

1967 : Patua Group, Khulna and Dhaka
1968 : Group shows in Peshawar and Islamabad, Pakistan; Nabanna, Dhaka
1975-01 : 1st to 14th National Art Exhibition
1976 : Gujrat Lalitkala Academy,
1977 : Bombay Art Society Exhibition
1978 : 4 Painters Exhibition, Kolkata
1983-02 : 2nd to 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1983 : Bata International Art Exhibition Dhaka, Canada, Italy
1986-83 : International Miniature Art Exhibition, Canada; Georgia National Miniature Art Exhibition, USA
1986 : Mostra International de Grafica Catania, Italy
1991 : Contemporary Art from the Islamic World, London, organized by the Islamic Art Foundation
1990-01 : Group Art Exhibition, Saju Art Gallery, Dhaka
1991 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Lusaka, Germany (1994), Nepal (1996), Germany (1999), China (2000), Tripura (2000),
1992 : Group Show, Tokyo; OXFAM International Art Exhibition, London
1993 : International Print Exhibition , Poland; Osaka Triennale, Japan
1994 : Bangladesh Festival of Art, Delhi, Kolkata; International Biennale of Small Forms, Poland
1995-98 : Osaka Triennale
1995-98 : International Art Exhibition, Argentina, Panama & Brazil (1998)
1998 : Exhibition for Flood Victims, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka; International Exhibition Noma Concours (2001), Japan; Monju Art Gallery, Dhaka; Gallery Chhayamachi, Japan
1999 : Art Today, Delhi; Sudo Art Museum, Japan; Gallery Hillgate, Japan; Contemporary Works of Bengali Artists, Bengal Foundation; Art Forum, Tokyo; BIB International Exhibition, Slovakia (2001); Nazrul Institute Exhibition, Dhaka; Nandonik Exhibition, Kolkata
2000 : Mobile Art Exhibition, Shilpakala Academy; Iranian Biennale; Charu Shilpi Shangshad Exhibition; The Art Gallery, Karachi; Bangla Art 2000 Copenhagen and Czech Republic
2001 : Derby Art, Dubai; Chuwa Gallery, Tokyo; Indian Cultural Center, Dhaka; Art Forum, Tokyo


Works Published In

Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, UK; Contemporary Art of the Islamic world, UK; Osaka International Art Exhibition Catalogue; (1993, 1995, 1998); Noma (ACCU) Catalogue, Japan (1998, 2000); Drawing Album "Black lines" published in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1994)

Art Camps and Workshop

1998 : Artist's Camp of Indian and Bangladeshi Artists, Kolkata, India.
1998 : Workshop on Contemporary Works of Bengali Artists organized by Bengal Foundation
1998 : Member of "Jury committee", Young Artists Exhibition organized by Shilpakala Academy,
1996-2001 : Member of the "Jury Committee", Berger Young Artists Exhibition, Dhaka.
2002 : Workshop on Contemporary Asian Art organized by Bengal Foundation.

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