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.

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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.

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November 2015: Bartholomew Beal studio visit

November 2015: Photographs from a studio visit with Edward Lucie-Smith and Jason Colchin-Carter, ahead of the Bartholomew Beal solo exhibition ‘This great stage of fools’ held by IPA on London’s Bond Street. Edward interviewed the artist in preparation for writing the foreward for the exhibition’s catalogue:

Bartholomew Beal – The Beal Deal

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Bartholomew Beal Article in The Resident

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Tobias Klein featured on CNN

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Future Projects

2015 (Further details and links to follow)

Tobias Klein at Canary Wharf Tower – May to December 2015
Tobias Klein at 3D Print Fair London premiering newest 3D technology

Art 15 Projects:
IPA Salon dinner on May 21st
IPA Salon dinner on May 22nd

Guy Hadden-Guest – Solo show in July 2015
Eleanor Watson – AAF Hampstead May 2015
Bartholomew Beal – Cynthia Corbett Gallery October – December 2015
Julian Tschollar Solo London October 2015 – Frieze Art Fair Exhibition
IPA Winter Group Show – November/December 2015

Project Space in SE1 London – 2015
Lucipher solo show
Edgeworth Johnstone Solo show
Ben Summers Solo Show

Kim Poor & ‘Genesis’ London Exhibition 2016 – Brazilian and Music Themed Exhibition – collaborated with group Genesis .

Tobias Klein – solo show London January / February 2016
Bartholomew Beal Solo show London – Fine Art Society
Eleanor Watson Solo Show – 2016

IPA ‘In the End we are all alone’ Griffin Gallery, London. An IPA Project at this large London Gallery March/April 2016 – curated by Rebecca Fry-Pelly & Colchin-Carter

Sample of Future Projects – Japan
Tobias Klein – solo show Japan November 2016

Sample of Future Projects – USA including NY
Announcing USA Programme and Project Space in Qtr 4 2015.
Ryan Ostrowski Solo show NY November 2015
UK Artist Group show with Fine Art Society Qtr 4 2015
Franz Klainzag Solo Show NY
Adonna Khare Solo show USA



Looking forwards to 2014

2014 I.P Arts plans will provide our Artists with even more Exhibitions and Shows for their works. We will join our 1st Art Fair. Art 14 in London.

The year will start with new shows by  –  Dorte Kloppenborg-Skrumsager, Julian Tschollar, Darren Baker, Eleanor Watson, Ryan Ostrowski, and others,


Please save the date in your calendar of Monday 23rd June 2014 for Bartholomew Beal’s Solo show in Mayfair London. Details and announcement are to follow. Currently we are have a wait list for Bartholomew’s Works, so please email us with your interest and one of our Team will be in contact for discussion.

In 2014 , we intend continuing with the same gusto the monthly average for shows throughout 2014.

During the 1st quarter of 2014 we will launch Isis Phoenix Portraits & Mural Service.


2014 – To wet your appetite, here are a few new I. P. Arts Artists: Several more are soon to be announced.

Paulina Pluta is a figurative Painter.  Please see her work * on our Website:  .

Zsombor Barakonyi is a Painter from Budapest.  Please see his work * on our Website: .

Peter Churcher is a Mid Career Australian Artist. Please see his work * on our Website:  .


Alex Wood, is a Sculptor based in London mixing materials and English Eccentricity in equal measure.  More information to be announced.

* All are also featured in the Exhibitions Section.



Isis Phoenix Arts looks forward to sharing our Exhibitions and Artworks with you all in 2014

IP Arts Office  –


TK_NewYear_image002 TK_NewYear_image003Tobias Klein – Invisible Human – 2013 – Chandelier – 3d Print nylon, and Crystal



BB_NewYearImage001Bartholomew Beal 2013 ‘Showman’ 53 x 22 cm


Snapshot of 2013

2013 was a busy year for I.P Arts.

The year commenced with Tobias Klein’s incredible “Invisible Human” Project in Washington DC, USA.  This received global media coverage and established Tobias Klein as a pioneering Artist, pushing the limits with sculpture using 3D Print and crystal-growing technology.

We ended the year with 2 Museum Exhibitions, for Tobias Klein at The Science Museum in London for the “3D Printing the Future”, and Bartholomew Beal at The Derby Museum, UK.

We exhibited on average 4 shows per month throughout the year and plan on continuing this in 2014.

Bartholomew Beal has very quickly become part of the family at I.P Arts selling out every show in 2013. Following Bartholomew’s news and further developments in 2014 will be particularly exciting.

2013 – We welcomed some new Artists to I.P. Arts :

Eleanor Watson is a figurative Painter.  Please see her work * on our Website:  .

Dorte Kloppenborg-Skrumsager is a Sculptor. Please see her work on our Website:

Expanded Eye are the Famous Tattoo Artist Duo.  Please see their work * on our Website: .

Darren Baker is a Photorealist Artist. Please see his work * on our Website:  .

Julian Tschollar  is an exceptional Swiss Painter * .


Ryan Ostrowski, our Graffitti & Rock n Roll Painter based in New York * .

* Also featured in the Exhibitions Section.