Rana Begum

Rana Begum received her Fine Arts Degree in painting from the Chelsea College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, in London, where she currently lives and works. 

Lodged between optical art and minimalism, Rana’s works draw their inspiration from repetitive geometric patterns found within Islamic art and urban architecture. She takes her experience of the vibrant collage of the urban environment and concentrates it through a process of distillation and filtration. Her work, minimal in its formal language, imposes order and system by abstracting those moments of accidental, aesthetic wonder. 

Rana’s first museum solo exhibition Space Colour Light opened at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in May 2017 and traveled to Djanogly Gallery in Nottingham, UK in July 2018. 

Other solo exhibitions include Perception and Reflection, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2019); A Conversation with Light and Form, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK (2018); Rana Begum: The Space Between, Parasol Unit, London, UK (2016); Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2014); and New Works, Delfina Foundation, London, UK (2010).

Rana has participated in many international group exhibitions including: Heavy Metal – Women to Watch, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA (2018); Actions. The Image of The World Can Be Different, Kettle’s Yard, London, UK (2018); The Order of Things, The Wilson, Cheltenham, UK (2017); Sol LeWitt - A Tribute, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands (2017); Flatland, MRAC Serignan, France (2017); The Shapes We’re In, Paul Carey-Kent, London, UK (2015); Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, New York, USA (2015); Future Light, Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change, MAK-Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria (2015); Linear Abstraction, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, USA (2015); Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2014); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK (2012). 

Rana’s works have been acquired by international institutions and foundations including Art Museum of Western Virginia, Virginia, USA; Ernst & Young Collection, London, UK; British Telecom Headquarters, London, UK; The London Institute, London, UK; and MoNA (Muse-um of Old and New Art), Tasmania.

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