Selected Artists of Bangladesh

Nasreen Begum (b. 1956)

Nasreen Begum had her education in Dhaka and Baroda, India, where she focused on lithography, etching, woodcut and screen print. She picked up orientalist art of the kind that art institutes of the subcontinent promote, Later, Nasreen moved to other styles, but retained her preference for watercolours. Her compositions became a celebration of colour, light and simple shapes and forms she culled from nature. Her work became more suggestive and rhythmic. On the whole, though, Nasreen’s works emphasize the celebratory rather than the desultory aspect of life. She maintains that her search is for both the known and unknown in nature, which takes her to the tiniest leaf of grass as well as to the dancing waves of the sea.