Laila Rahman (b.1966) graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore in Painting and Sculpture in 1989. She went on to do an Advanced Diploma in Painting from Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, finishing in 1991 after which she completed her MA in Printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1993. Rahman is an art educator and simultaneously exhibits her own artwork. She has been part of numerous exhibitions locally as well as internationally, most extensively in the UK.
Rahman though trained as a Printmaker, includes painting in her practice. In fact, of late, she has started to focus more on painting as she tends to visualize more images as paintings rather than prints, while leaving aside certain sketches to later transform into etchings. She is a ‘painter’s painter’ as described by Dr. Akbar Naqvi (Herald Nov/Dec 2002) and usually only works with oil on canvas or wood, sometimes adding details with lead pencil. Conceptually her work has developed over time.
Most of her work is based on mythologies. She does not use illustrations of fables literally but she uses input from them that act as catalysts for images. She deals with power play and the shifting nature of human relationships. Rahman feels as though power is a concern that has informed her practice over the last decade and a half. She says ‘The relationships between human beings, men and women, how the balance of power can shift to an unexpected player, the misuse of power to corrupt, in every sense of the word’ is what is reflected most in her work. She is also interested in rituals and sacrifice that have fascinated her for many years.
Rahman’s work has been a part of a group show Origins at Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad (2014).
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