Lot 453 - Rana Begum - WP536
Lot 453 - Rana Begum - WP536

Lot 453 - Rana Begum - WP536

Spray Paint on Paper

Born in Bangladesh in 1977, Rana Begum lives and works in London.


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.


Begum was also recently elected an RA (2020)





2002  Slade School of Fine Art, London - MFA in Painting

1999   Chelsea College of Art and Design, London -  BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree (Painting)

1996  University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire - BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design.





2021     Solo show, Kate Macgarry, London

2019  Solo show, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

Perception and Reflection, Third Line Gallery, Dubai 


2018  Solo show, Christian Lethert, Cologne

Space Light Color, Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham

Conversation with Light and Colour, Gallery 10, TATE St Ives


2017  The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017, Dubai

Light Space Colour, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich         


2016  The Space Between, Parasol Unit, London


2015  Towards an Infinite Geometry, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

Solo Show, Touchstone, Rochdale




2021, The Plot, Folkestone Triennial, UK 

2021 Infinite Geometry, Wanas Konst, Sweden


2019 Istanbul Modern, Istanbul 


2018  Bella Artes Project, Manila, Philippines


2017  No.724 Reflectors, Westgate, Oxford


2016  No.688, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

                  No.700 Refelctors, Kings Cross


2015  No.510, HLC, Kiran Nadar, Delhi




2020  Breaking the Mould, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 

Hard Painting x2, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

Guests: Artists and Craftspeople, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

Eccentric Objects, Carsten Höller & Rana Begum


2019  Is This Tomorrow? Whitechapel Gallery + Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai

The Interaction of Colour Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

Is This Tomorrow? Whitechapel Gallery, London 


2018  Frieze Sculpture Park, London

Heavy Metal: Women to Watch, NMWA, Washington

RA Summer Show, London

Actions, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Fold, Marta Herford, Germany


2017  Metal: Women to Watch, curated Caroline Douglas, Philips, London

Occasional Geometries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Things that Soak You, Kate MacGarry, London

31 Women, Bresslittle, London

The Order of Things, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Cheltenham


2016  Tribute to Sol LeWitt, Gemeente Museum, Den Haag

11th Gwangju Biennale, Curated by Maria Lind, Korea

Cause the Grass Don’t Grow and the Sky Ain’t Blue, Praz Delavallade

Flatland/Narrative Abstractions, MRAC, Serignan

New Visions, Curated by Maria Lind, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm

Into Boundless Space I Leap, Kettle's Yard / Maxwell Centre, Cambridge


2015  The Shapes We’re In, London

Triplicity, Athr, Jeddah

Future Light, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Vienna

Geometries of Difference, Dorsky Museum, New York

Linear Abstraction, Gutstein Gallery, SCAD, Savanah

The Great Festival of Creativity, Long Museum, Shanghai

Working Space, KNMA, Delhi 





2019  The Art Newspaper, Number 313, June 2019 


2018  Elle India, June 6, 2018 Between The Lines

The Telegraph, July 4, 2018

Arab News, May 31, 2018

Harpers Bazaar, July 9, 2018


2017  Emel + Aris, 2018 Artist Rana Begum on her life in colour

New York Times, March 22, 2017

Financial Times, March 17, 2017

Ocula, March 2017


2016  Wallpaper* Magazine, July 2016

This is tomorrow, August 2016

ArtAsiaPacific, Review by Cleo Roberts, July 2016

Harpers Bazaar, July 2016

AD Magazine, November-December 2016


2015   Artsy Editorial Oct 27th, 25 Must-See Shows This November

The Metropolist, Artist’s Portrait, by Rachel Holmes

Bazaar, Issue #200, Interview by Deepa Pant

Saturation Point, Interview by Patrick Morrisey

Verve Magazine, India, Framed, Text by Huzan Tata