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Studio Sunday: Rana Begum

A photo of Rana Begum at work in her studio


Rana Begum was born in Bangladesh and now lives and works in London, England. The artist is known for her colourful geometric artworks that draw on patterns and shapes found in traditional Islamic art and architecture.


Rana’s studio looks like a very productive space -- It also looks beautifully clean. The artist’s style of working seems to lend itself to a kind of mass production, like the small pieces pictured here that use simple, repeated geometric forms.


In the photo above, it looks like Begum is working on a small geometric painting, using a very dilute wash of paint, using tape to create a really clean coloured line. On the wall behind the artist, a whole series of similar paintings is hanging.


The arrangement of the studio space seems to echo the tight geometric forms found in the artist’s work. It looks as though everything in this studio has a designated place, and the artist is careful to put things precisely where they go. It’s interesting to see this sort of strict organization in an art studio, as they’re often a place of wild, messy experimentation. The artist’s geometric method of working is almost reminiscent of Bridget Riley.


In fact, it seems fitting to compare Begum’s studio space to that of Bridget Riley, as the two artists also share a lot of visual sensibilities. Begum’s work has been compared to art produced in the op art and minimalist movements -- the artist’s focus is on colour, and the interactions between colour and shape on a single picture plane.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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