THE GREAT WORK OF RANIA KUHN – A BRILLIANT YOUNG COPTIC ARTIST
Rania Kuhn (signs her work Roro), a brilliant Coptic artist, describes herself as Egyptian Coptic Christian. She was graduated in 2000 from the Faculty of Art Education, Cairo, and resides now in Ireland. She says about herself: “I have always been interested in Arts and Crafts and love to paint children, Coptic Icons, birds and making Jewellery. I’ve always felt the urge to create art in smaller formats along with my larger paintings. I continue to be challenged to search for what inspires me personally. My skills have been always supported by my great husband and my family. I work with different materials like Oil, pastels, mixed media and much more.” She works with oil, tempera, felt, beads and much more material.
She has a great collection on line, which the reader can visit here. I love her work, and I think she adds something new to Coptic art. To me, Coptic art is art produced by Copts using Coptic themes. Kuhn does that in an innovative way; and although she is not restricted by the Neo-Coptic iconographic tradition, no one can miss the Coptic in her work, even when she deals with neutral subjects such as birds, cats, fish, etc. If you look at her birds, you see birds one finds in Coptic fabrics and tapestry of the Coptic Period.
Here, I select a few examples of her beautiful work.
Cat needle felting brooch
Mother and Child, oil on canvas
Birds of the Tree. Painted in oil, and using real gold leafs and pastel
Christ The Sower
The Flight to Egypt
St. Mark. Hand painted icon with egg-tempera and gold leaf
St. George. A print from an original painting
Guardian angel. Painting on canvas panel and gold paper
Hand painted Robin brooch on canvas board
Black moor fish brooch needle felting