Rana Begum, Visual Artist, Born 1977 in Bangladesh, lives and works in London
Rana Begum – Color, Space and Light
Many times, in history, women have proved that they, with their creativity and skills, are capable to make a mark in every sphere of life. Such women, belonging to a variety of demographic backgrounds have equally ruled over the hearts of people in their respective fields. Among such wonderful women, is a woman named Rana Begum.
Rana Begum was Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Rana was naturally driven towards the field of Art and Design, since childhood. Apart from a few years of her early childhood, most of her childhood was spent in England. However, having an Islamic background and, strong emotional affiliation with Bangladesh, her craft represents a true image of the Islamic rituals and the Bengali architecture.
She is one of the famous female artists in the world who has also presented her artwork in well-known art fairs like ZOO art fair London, in 2008, SOLO BOOTH WITH THE THIRD LINE in berlin, Germany, in 2012 and 2013 she participated in FRIEZE ART FAIR, in London.
Rana Begum’s education includes BA (Hons) in Fine Arts with her specialization in painting from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, United Kingdom (1990). Moreover, she also completed her BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design with distinction from the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, the United Kingdom in 1995. In addition to this, in 2000, she also did her master’s in fine arts from Slade School of Fine Art, London, the United Kingdom to attain excellence in her work. After completing her education, she started working in London, United Kingdom and still works over there.
She is famous for her sculptural artwork that is a mixture of industrial material and artificial colours with a touch of spirituality that makes her artwork soulful and unique. Rana Begum’s artworks in its formal way describe geometric patterns that focus on a clear order and system of accidental events, artistic miracles. She creates her art sculptures with the help of stainless steel, aluminium, copper, brass, glass, and wood and does different experiments with colour and light. When light is reflected on the colourful surface of the artwork it creates a moving sensation due to which spectators can see a change in her artwork.
Her artwork is inspired by minimalism and the repetition of geometric patterns in ancient Islamic architecture as well as contemporary architecture. Therefore, one can easily observe her focus on these three factors in her craft. Her aesthetic sense is depicted in her works. She is interested in art from her childhood and finds inspiration for her work in her memories like offering prayers 5 times a day and the amazement of watching light hitting the water at her hometown’s rice fields.
Rana Begum is a very popular artist, she has many groups exhibition, as well as solo exhibitions and she, also participated in many international exhibitions in 2018, Frieze Sculpture exhibition in London, UK, in 2017 Heavy Metal: Women to Watch exhibition in London that was curated Caroline Douglas, in 2016, Tribute to Sol LeWitt exhibition that was held at Gemeentemuseum in South Korea which was Curated by Maria Lind, The Shape We are In the exhibition, in London during 2015 and many others.
Rana Begum first-ever solo exhibition entitled Color Codes was held in The Third Line, Dubai, UAE in 2007 and her first solo museum exhibition titled Space Light Color, was presented at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, the UK and some other well-known solo exhibitions are Perception and Reflection; The Third Line in Dubai, during 2019, Rana Begum: The Space Between Parasol Unit in London, UK during 2016 and in 2014, Rana Begum; Galeri Mana exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey and Tate St Ives, Cornwall in 2018.
Due to her unique artwork, she is famous internationally and received different awards, residencies, and commissions. in acknowledgement of her great contributions towards contemporary art. She received the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, in 2017 she was the winner of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai, UAE. In 2011 she received Marcol House public art commission in London, UK, in the 2013 Surbiton Health Centre Public Art Commission in London. In 2006 she was done with her British Council Residency in Bangkok, Thailand and in 2009 two months residency in Beirut through Delfina Foundation.
Her artwork is exhibited by different international organizations and foundations and is a part of different collections including public and private collections like Cleveland Clinic, United States of America; Simons Foundation, New York, United States of America; Art Museum of Western Virginia, Virginia, USA; British Telecom Headquarters, London, UK; Government Art Collection, London, UK; Surbiton Health Centre, Surbiton, UK; The London Institute, London, UK Westgate Oxford Alliance, UK; Dahl Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland Coimbatore Centre for Contemporary Arts; India Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India; Samdani Collection, India and Mona Tasmania Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE.
Rana Begum, Exploration of light, colour ad space