19/05/2023 - 01/07/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Basil Beattie - Recalling Echoes

Wed-Sat: 11-6pm

Hales is delighted to announce Recalling Echoes, Basil Beattie RA's third solo show with the gallery. In an exhibition of paintings and drawings made over the past decade, Beattie continues to explore a unique system of visual codes and painterly language with which he has become synonymous.

Beattie (b. 1935, West Hartlepool, UK, lives and works in Mitcham, Surrey) graduated from the Royal Academy schools in 1961 and was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006. Over a sixty-year career, he has carved out a process-based practice deeply concerned with the experiential qualities of painting. A pioneer of abstraction which emerged in post-war Britain, Beattie is known for gestural, painterly, monumental compositions. In non-figurative mark making, the artist's paintings have developed beyond his New York School predecessors to include symbols and signs.

This exhibition highlights one of Beattie's most enduring elements of his practice - stairs, steps, ladders and blocks. The artist's many manifestations of the stacked shape is both a painterly and philosophical project. Each rudimentary architectural element has individual characteristics which remain intriguingly familiar.


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