The work of London-based artist Rana Begum distills spatial and visual experience into ordered form. Through her refined language of Minimalist abstraction, Begum blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from traditional Islamic art and architecture. Light is fundamental to her process. Her works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial.
Born in Bangladesh in 1977, Rana Begum lives and works in London. In 1999, she graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design and, in 2002, gained an MFA in Painting from Slade School of Fine Art. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include: Occasional Geometries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017), Things That Soak You, Kate MacGarry (2017), 31 Women, BreeseLittle (2017), Space Light Colour, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2017), The Order of Things, The Wilson (2017), Tribute to Sol Lewitt, Gemeente Museum Den Haag (2016), Flatland/Narrative, MRAC Serignan, The Space Between, Parasol Unit (2016), Into boundless space I leap, Maxwell Centre, UK (2016), 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2016), Towards an Infinite Geometry, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India (2015), Future Light, Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change, Austria, Solo Show, Galeri Mana, Istanbul, Turkey (2014), Solo Project, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2014), Manifold, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne, Germany (2013).
She has also participated in many international group exhibitions, including: New Visions, Tensta Konsthal, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); Geometries of Difference, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New York, USA (2015); The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2014); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2012) where she received the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture. She was recently awarded the 2017 Abraaj Group Art Prize.