Safiuddin Ahmed : Art of Bangladesh Series 2

Mahmud Al Zaman, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 2002, 144 p, plates, ISBN : 984555024X, $0.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Safiuddin Ahmed : Art of Bangladesh Series 2/Mahmud Al Zaman

From the Foreword: "Safiuddin Ahmed is a distinguished name in the art movement of Bangladesh. A colleague and contemporary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, he is a dedicated purist who helped establish modern art in Bangladesh. As an artist, he was already famous in the 1940s. Trained in the Calcutta Government School of Art, he was able to develop a distinctly individualistic tone and tenor in his creative work. His prints in particular bear the signs of a mature disposition and engrossed creativity and sublimation. He is also extraordinary adept in oil, drawing and watercolor. The nature of his work and the instinct that nurtures it give it a distinctive character.

Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Safiuddin Ahmed, Qamrul Hasan S.M. Sultan and Mohammad Kibria are the pioneers of modernity in our fine arts. Safiuddin has consistently been creative and is still at work like new artists, spurred on by an innate creative urge. Safiuddin has, however, kept himself somewhat out of the public glare. This quiet and reticent, refined octogenarian has enriched our art tradition with his creative works and aesthetic disposition. The number of his well wishers and student are numerous.

Safiuddin played a role along with Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, in setting up the Art School in Dhaka in 1948. He joined the art school and took up fine arts as a mission. This has been for him a passion ever since."

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