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Basil Beattie


Basil Beattie


Born 1935 West Hartlepool

Studied at the Royal Academy Schools

Taught at Goldsmiths’ College, London until 1998


Solo Exhibitions


1968 Greenwich Theatre Gallery. London

1971 Mayfair Gallery, London

1973 Consort Gallery, London

1974 Hoya Gallery, London

1978 New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh

1979 Newcastle Polytechnic

1982 Goldsmiths’ Gallery, London

1984 Bede Gallery, Jarrow

1986 Gray’s Art Gallery, Hartlepool

1987 Curwen Gallery, London

1990 Curwen Gallery, London

1991 Drawing on the Interior, Installation at the Eagle Gallery, London

1993 Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

             Maak Gallery, London

             Todd Gallery, London

1994 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

             Newton Gallery, Johannesburg

1995 Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

            Todd Gallery, London

1996 Path Galerie, Aalst, Belgium

            Todd Gallery, London

1997     Reg Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, Sunderland

1997     Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

1998     Todd Gallery, London

2000 Storey Gallery, Lancaster

2002 Above and Below, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London

2004 Stacks, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield

2005 Marking a Year – Nick de Ville, catalogue introduction

              Publ. EMH Arts ISBN 978-0-9554046-5-8

2007     Basil Beattie Paintings from the Collections, TATE BRITAIN

2008     Basil Beattie Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zeland

2009     Paintings from the Janus series – Emma Hill, catalogue introduction

               Publ. EMH Arts ISBN 978-0-9554046-9-6


Selected Group Exhibitions


1958-61    Young Contemporaries, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1961 Four Young Contemporaries, Paris Gallery, London

1965 John Moores Exhibition 4, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1966 Belfast Open

1967 Survey ’67, Camden Arts Centre, London

1968  Four British Artists, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

              Poet’s Choice, AIA Gallery, London

              Royal Academy Bicentenary exhibition, London

1969  Big Paintings for Public Places, Royal Academy, London

              London Group Exhibition

1970  Large Paintings, Hayward Gallery, London

              London Now in Berlin, Germany

1971  Big Paintings for Public Places, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

              Four Painters, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

              Art Spectrum, Alexandra Palace, London

 1974  First Contact  (Industrial Sponsers), London

              Group exhibition, Hoya Gallery, London

              British Painting, Hayward Gallery, London

1975  Drawings, Hoya Gallery, London

1976  Group exhibition, AIR Gallery, London

              Colour, Southern Arts Travelling Exhibition

1977 Small Works, Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery

1978 A Free Hand, Arts Council Travelling Exhibition

1979 Drawings, Studio School, New York

1980 Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London

1981 Group exhibition, Atlantis Gallery, London

1982 Hayward Annual: British Drawing, Hayward Gallery, London, London

              Group Exhibition

             The London Suite, Anne Berthoud Gallery, London

1984     European Painting, Trier, Germany

             British Art Show, Arts Council Travelling Exhibition

1985 Joy of Paint, Bede Gallery, Jarrow

            Royal  Academy Summer Exhibition, London

            Curwen Studio Publications, Curwen Gallery, London

1986 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (invited artist), London

            Impressions of a Town, Bede Gallery, Jarrow

1987 John Moores Exhibition 15, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

             Eight by Eight, Curwen Gallery, London

1988 Presentation 1988, Curwen Gallery, London

            Presence of Painting, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield

            Three British Painters, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art,


            Chicago Art Exposition, (Curwen Gallery)


Selected Group Exhibitions


1989 John Moores Exhibition 16, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

            The Abstract Connection, Flowers East, London

1991 Chicago Art Exposition, (Curwen Gallery)

            Basel Art Fair,  (Curwen Gallery)

              Goldsmiths’ College Centenary Exhibition (selected by Albert Irvin

              Goldsmiths’ Gallery, London

            The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

            Small is Beauitiful, Flowers East, London

            John Moores Exhibition 17, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1992 Gillian Ayres, Basil Beattie, Brian Fielding, John Hoyland,

             Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London

             Painting and Sculpture, Maak Gallery, London

1994 Paintmarks, Kettles Yard, Cambridge  

              Lead and Follow, Robert Loder Collection, Atlantis Gallery, London

              Cologne Art Fair, (Maak Gallery, Todd Gallery, Bodo Niemann Gallery)

            Credo, Purdy Hicks Gallery

            British Abstract Art: Part 1 Painting, Flowers East, London

1995 Monoprints, Artspace Gallery, London

           Christmas Show, Green On Red Gallery, Dublin

1996 Art ‘96, Islington Art Fair, (Todd Gallery)

            Ace!  Arts Council Collection, Touring -

            Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne,

            Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

            Oldham Art Gallery

            Hayward Gallery,London

            Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

            Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

            Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

            Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

            Harlech Biennale, Harlech

            Cologne Art Fair, (Galerie Renate Bender)

1997 Art ‘97, Islington Art Fair, (Todd Gallery)

            yellow, Todd Gallery, London

            John Moores Exhibition 20, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1998 Art ‘98, Islington Art Fair, (Todd Gallery)

             Frankfurt Art Fair, (Galerie Renate Bender)

            Jerwood Paunting Prize '98, Jerwood Gallery

            Cologne Art Fair, Galerie Renate Bender

1999 Thinking Aloud, Camden arts centre, London

2000 British airways Terminal, JFK Airport, New York

2001 Jerwood Painting prize 2001, Jerwood Gallery London

            Traditions and Innovation, City Art Gallery, York

       Three Big paintings, Sarah Myerscough Gallery

2002 Viewpoints  Eagle Gallery, London

2003 Drawn to be alive, Hales Gallery London

            20 x 5 Drawing Eagle gallery, London

2005 Spiral of Time, OHHS Gallery, London  

2009     Invisible cities - Jerwood Gallery London









Arts Council Collection, London

Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery


Contemporary Art Society, London

Deutsche Bank, London

The Creasey Collection of Contemporary Art, Salisbury

NatWest Group Art Collection

Saatchi Collection, London

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tate Gallery, London

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester




1976 Major Arts Council Award

1986 Athena Awards winner

1989 John Moores - 2nd Prize-winner

1999 Nordstern Print Prize, Royal Academy


Recent Bibliography


1992 Basil Beattie at Todd Gallery

       David Lillington, Time Out  (25/3/92)

1993 catalogue introduction: Paintings 1990/93

       Adrian Searle, Maak Gallery and Todd Gallery

        William Feaver, The Observer  (28/11/93)

             Basil Beattie, John McEwen, The Sunday

             Telegraph  (12/12/93)

             Basil Beattie at Maak Gallery, Sarah Kent,

             Time Out (29/12/93)

1994    A Brush with the Unexpected,

        Tim Hilton, The Independent on Sunday


        Hermetic Society, Giles Auty, The Spectator


       Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, Off to Work They Go

       Adrian Searle, The Independent (30/8/94)

       British Abstract Art: Part 1 Painting,

       catalogue introduction, Bryan Robertson,

            Flowers East

1995   Critics Choice, John McEwen, The Sunday

            Telegraph  (14/5/95)

       catalogue introduction, New Paintings, Paul


       Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.

1996  Ace!  Hayward Gallery, London,

      Tim Hilton, Independent on Sunday  (29/9/96)

            Around the Galleries, Sacha Craddock, The

            Times  (29/10/96)

            Ace! Hayward Gallery, London, Sarah Kent,  

            Time Out  (6/11/96)

            Basil Beattie,Todd Gallery, Sue Hubbard,

            Time Out  (13/11/96)

1998   Potraits of Places, Mel Gooding, NatWest

             Group catalogue

        Pinstripe Medicis, John Windsor,

        The Independent Saturday Magazine


             Basil Beattie, Lynn MacRitchie, Jerwood

             Painting Prize catalogue

             Jerwood Painting Prize, Tim Hilton, The

             Independent on Sunday (4/10/98)

1999    Unarchitecture and the Sign, Nick de Ville,

             Contemporary Visual Arts. No 21

2001 That Irresistable Climb, Mel Gooding

              catalogue Introduction. Advanced Graphics


         Scrape it Off and Start all over again, John

              McEwen, Sunday Telegraph (16/9/01)

2002 Change and Decay, John McEwen, Sunday

              Telegraph (6/10/02)

2005 Marking a Year, Nick de Ville, catalogue


          The naked Art, Richard Dyer, exhibition text,

          Spiral of Time, OHHS Gallery, Reading



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