Selected Artists of Bangladesh

Mohammad Iqbal (b. 1967)

Working in a largely expressionistic mode, with symbolic figures dominating the canvas, Mohammad Iqbal eloquently expresses the flipside of urban life. His canvases are crowded by outcasts and shadowy figures who occupy the fringes of society- mendicants, homeless migrants, fakirs and sanyashis. His works have a simple composition: figures are foregrounded by a contrasting colour scheme, while heavily textured areas distribute light and shade. His colours, dominated by red and blue, and forms of familiar everyday objects, create a tension in his work, though, in the final analysis, he emphasizes peace and tranquility.