Rana Begum was born in 1977 in Bangladesh and currently lives and works in London. Begum’s work focuses on the interplay between light and colour, blurring the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her use of repetitive geometric patterns – found both within Islamic art and the industrial cityscape – takes its inspiration from childhood memories of the rhythmic repetition of daily recitals of the Qur’an. Influenced by the geometric abstraction of minimalism and constructivism and the work of artists such as Agnes Martin, Donald Judd, Jesús Rafael de Soto and Tess Jaray, Begum’s work ranges from drawings, paintings and wall-based sculptures to large-scale public art project.
Begum’s installation Catching Colour was launched as part of The Line in London (2022). A new publication, Rana Begum: Space Light Colour was published by Lund Humphries in 2021. She was elected a Royal Academican in 2020.
Artist photo: Anne Purkiss