Thursday, 17 October 2013

Basil Beattie: Promises, Promises - Jerwood Gallery

Basil Beattie, Ascent, 2012
Basil Beattie: Promises, Promises is at the Jerwood Gallery until 8 January 2014.
Basil Beattie is one of the UK's great abstract painters; although his work is in the Tate collection he is not as well known as he deserves. His large, muscular paintings typically feature motifs suggestive of stairs, ziggurats and tunnels rendered in earthy colours. Beattie belongs to the generation of British artists who were directly influenced by the first major London shows of Abstract Expressionism - notably The New American Painting (Tate Gallery, 1959), Mark Rothko (Whitechapel Gallery, 1961) and Philip Guston (Whitechapel, 1963); coinciding with, and complementing, Beattie's show at the Jerwood is a display of work by Guston.
Read a review by John Bunker at Abstract Critical, and watch Beattie in conversation with critic Mel Gooding.
Basil Beattie, Days Begin and End Here, 2013
Basil Beattie, Step Up On, 2013
Basil Beattie, Top Up, 2013
Basil Beattie, That Irresistible Climb II, 2013
Basil Beattie, Above and Below.
Basil Beattie (right) with Mel Gooding hanging the exhibition in the Jerwood Gallery
Philip Guston, Pile Up, 1981

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