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Abdur Razzaque : Art of Bangladesh Series - 7

Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 2003, 104 p, ills, ISBN : 9845550339, $0.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Abdur Razzaque : Art of Bangladesh Series - 7/Nazrul Islam

From the foreword: "Abdur Razzaque, an eminent senior artist of Bangladesh, is simultaneously a painter, print maker and sculptor. He has an outstanding academic career having distinguished himself with his brilliance both at the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka as one of its very early student and at the State University of Iowa in the USA where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in the fifties.

In his earlier phases Razzaque was a very sensitive representational artist of the cityscape and then a highly accomplished figurative print maker, with particular skills in etching and engraving. He gradually transformed himself into an abstract expressionist painter, deeply committed to form and colour, drawing inspiration from nature.

Razzaque is also a pioneer of modern sculpture in Bangladesh specially in giving the medium an institutional status as the founding Head of the Department of the sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka in the early sixties. In this medium too he enjoys creating new forms and shapes, abstract but rooted in natural elements.

At over 70, Razzaque remains a very active artist, working in several media. He is a reclusive person, stays away from publicity and takes the work of art almost as a spiritual activity."

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