Born: 9 January 1935
Elected: 2 June 2006
Basil Beattie studied at West Hartlepool College of Art (1950-55) and the Royal Academy Schools (1957–61). He taught at Goldsmith’s College in the 1980s and 90s.
He is best known for his evocative abstract paintings, featuring architectural motifs such as stairs, tunnels and other apertures which lend psychological and physical complexity to his work. Typically he employs a muted palate of earthy colours and uses expressive, gestural brushstrokes. He is also a printmaker.
Beattie has twice been shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize and once for the Charles Wollaston Award. He was recently given a dedicated gallery at Tate Britain (2007).
There is a sensual quality about paintings – there are tender moments in them and there are aggressive moments... when I put the brush down and look at the painting, there are all these different possibilities.
Basil Beattie RA - Selected CV
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2013 Hilton Fine Art, Bath
2011–2012 James Hyman Fine Art, London
2010 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
2009 Purdy Hicks, London
2008 Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2007 Tate Britain, London
2002 Above and Below, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
2001 Advanced Gallery, London
Curwen Gallery, London
2000 Storey Gallery, Lancaster
Arts Council Collection
Birmingham City Art Gallery
Contemporary Art Society
Government Art Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery