Basil Beattie: Promises, Promises
12 Oct 2013 – 8 Jan 2014
A new series of work by the artist, as chosen by guest curator and critic Mel Gooding.
Beattie is known for producing large scale abstract works which, through components such as tunnels, steps and ladders, explore the possibilities of pictorial space.
His work is inspired by American painters he first encountered in the 1950s, particularly the work of Mark Rothko, Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning.
Mel Gooding describes the new paintings as 'exhilarating, terrifically energetic, urgent and mysterious'.
She says: 'I first saw a handful of these powerful new works in the studio a few months ago, and felt immediately that something very exciting was happening. Beattie is in full flight.'
Since attending a Philip Guston exhibition at Whitechapel in 1962, Beattie has remained strongly influenced by the work of the american printmaker and artist, shown here to provide a further contextual element to the display.
Some 25 of Guston's lithographs, made between 1979 and 1980, have been loaned from Timothy Taylor gallery and reveal how the late artist's fascination with line and the act of drawing is reflected in Beattie's own work.