Basil Beattie

1935 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Basil Beattie is an established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Basil Beattie was born in 1935. Artists Lucien Freud, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Andrews and Bridget Rilet are of the same generation and same country as Basil Beattie.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Basil Beattie's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of those galleries are Hales Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, as well as HALES and Hales Gallery | New York in the United States. Basil Beattie most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Hales Gallery | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Cause & Effect. The exhibition was open from 23 January 2020 until 13 March 2020. Basil Beattie's only other exhibition is Irresistible Climb (Ladder Series), which took place at Larsen Warner in Stockholm, Sweden (21 February 2020 - 21 March 2020).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent outshined by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Basil Beattie

Basil Beattie was born in 1935 and was primarily inspired by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that explored ideas of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. A number of artists focused on the formal properties of painting, and action painting took inspiration from the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict limitations of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Basil Beattie

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