Bartholomew Beal – Arms Around the Child

From the article:
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For this year’s ‘heART & SOUL’ auction we are delighted that legendary singer Neneh Cherry has joined us as a guest curator. The themes ‘heART & SOUL’ are embedded in the mission of Arms Around The Child. A global charity, building a better and kinder environment for children, living, through no fault of their own orphaned, abandoned, trafficked, living in child-headed households or at risk of child abuse in Ghana, India and South Africa.

What Branches Grow –
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Madame Sosostris –
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Bartholomew Beal: A Heap of Broken Images – Edward Lucie-Smith

From the Artlyst article:

Bartholomew Beal: A Heap of Broken Images – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new Masculinities show at the Barbican, excellent and comprehensive as it is, contains – for me at least – one striking omission. There was no work, or group of works, by the young British artist Bartholomew Beal.

If you have to ask who he was, this indicates how ephemeral reputations can be in today’s art world. Very recently dead, at the age of 30, Beal was in his lifetime one of the great hopes of post-YBA British art, in a period that hasn’t been prolific in the work of good new British artists, good painters in particular.

Under the guidance of the dealer Jason Colchin-Carter, who discovered him when he was studying for a BA in painting at the Wimbledon College of Art, Beal made a considerable impact. In particular, he had two major one-person shows, in 2014 and then in 2016, at the now closed Fine Art Society gallery in Bond Street. This long-famous venue, situated opposite Sotheby’s, slammed shut its doors, after more than a century of existence, very soon after Beal’s death. It now survives on the web, and also as a modest space in Edinburgh, but seems to have renounced any interest in contemporary art.

The titles of Beale’s two exhibitions now seem prophetic. The first was called A Heap of Broken Images. The second was This Great Age of Fools. Beale was a figurative painter, but – unlike many of the figurative painters working now – was neither crudely moralistic nor ploddingly sociological. As the title of This Great Age of Fools suggests, a major reference was to Shakespeare’s play King Lear. The catalogue cover shows the old king, barefoot and in solitude, with his arms stretched out, appealing to us, his audience, in despair. The catalogue cover of the previous exhibition shows a wrecked boat and, beyond that, two mournful figures with their backs turned to us. In the immediate foreground are scattered books and papers and hanging over all are what may be a throng of coloured lanterns. In both cases, the paintings concerned seem to speak of a culture on the edge of catastrophe, struggling to find a place in the contemporary world. It is perhaps not surprising that most of Beal’s protagonists seem to be men – despairing men, stricken in years and at the end of their tether.

It is also ironic that a young artist should have made a considerable reputation with images of this type, only to have it seemingly vanish away immediately after his own early death.

Guillermo Lorca – New Book

Hardback – 128 pages  – Available from Unicorn Publishing

Guillermo Lorca: The Eternal Life is a selection of the work of the last seven years of the renowned Chilean artist Guillermo Lorca. With an Introduction by the acclaimed art historian and critic Edward Lucie-Smith, this book introduces us to the world of Lorca’s disturbing yet poetic oil paintings. In his art there is always a disconcerting person at work, as if they could be part of our most secret our dreams and nightmares. We leave these magical, discomfiting landscapes, reflecting on the realism of the artist’s favourite characters, mostly animals and girls, as we act as a window to our unconscious. The book features many close-ups of the paintings, enabling us to appreciate Lorca’s techniques and the scale of the life size art. Guillermo Lorca brings us closer to the aesthetics of the abundant and opulent, the sensual and the tradition of painting. The works that compile this book make painting a window to observe the human psyche and the projection of nature.

Richard Twose at the Biscuit Factory

Read the Chronicle Live article HERE.

IPA Press coverage

2016: Jimin Chae in What’s Up group exhibition at the Revue Gallery, London.

Bartholomew Beal on London Live, 2016.

Bartholomew Beal

Bartholomew Beal article

Bartholomew Beal article

Eleanor Watson

Eleanor Watson article 30 April 2015

Eleanor Watson article 30 April 2015

Aesthetica Magazine : Interview with Agnieszka Perche, Gallery Mananger at Darren Baker Gallery, London, 2014.

Tobias Klein

Washington DC Exhibition – Link to follow
V&A Museum – Link to follow
London Science Museum – Link to follow
MOSI Museum Manchester – Link to follow

Bartholomew Beal

Review
Guardian Review – Robert Clark – Friday 6th September
Natalie North explains her responses
Sarah Reynolds’ talking through my final Jonathan Vickers Exhibition
Amanda Houchen’s response to the Biscuit. I’ve kept you half. exhibition, what flattery!
Sarah Jane Muskett’s Blog talking through the Saint Mondays exhibition

Arts beat
2013 Interview

Affordable Art Fair
review
Emerging Artists

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Derby
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Discovery Days 2012
Redearth exhibition review 2012
LAUNCH: ceremony

The Perfect Nude 2012
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