As a child in a Bangladeshi village Shafique Uddin joyously imbibed the art around him: murals on homes, intricate hand-stitching on clothes, and mandala-like kanthas by local women.

When, aged 14, Uddin settled in London’s East End, “my first paintings were memories of the village. I missed the countryside for a very long time.” Every few years, he revisits his native village.

At the age of 17, the self-taught Uddin had a one-person exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. His paintings focus on the Bangladeshi countryside and East London (with imaginative sojourns in rural England). ...


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