Laila Rahman lives, works and teaches in Lahore. An independent artist, both a painter and printmaker, she has exhibited nationally and internationally. Laila Rahman's work is in the House of Commons Permanent Collection, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Strang Print Collection, UCL, London; the Transcultural Gallery, Bradford; Cartwright Hall Museum, Bradford; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA and the National College of Arts, Lahore. Her work is owned in private collections in Australia, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Pakistan, Portugal, the United Kingdom and United States. Laila Rahman's work has consistently employed myth and legend drawn from literature. Deeply concerned about the dystopic world we find ourselves in, the artist sifts and assembles images whose juxtapositions mirror her discomfort. She traces the possible allegorical alliances between our predicaments and the fables we know.
The pomegranate seductive in its beauty, becomes the symbol of corrupt power, holding sway over the weak. Laila Rahman takes up Plato's 'Ship of Fools', which has inspired others before her, like Hieronymus Bosch, who have satirized human society. But Laila has her own take on this idea; the good in society is shipped out, while the fools remain stranded on shore.
Artists have always striven to make sense of the chaotic worlds they encounter. Laila Rahman likewise probes the abundance in nature looking for ways out of turbulence. A wistful hope emanates from her deeply hued imagery, even when the odds seem stacked against it. She finds her way through richly fabricated forms, which stay close to their origins in nature.