Basil Beattie and Frances Aviva Blane are British abstract painters of two generations. However, they both share a love of paint, although they use it in different ways. Beattie and Blane produce large paintings which speak of something primitive. They present work that may appear straightforward but is powerful, tough and confrontational.
Basil Beattie & Frances Aviva Blane
Basil Beattie and Frances Aviva Blane are British abstract painters of two generations. However, they both share a love of paint, although they use it in different ways.
Beattie and Blane produce large paintings which speak of something primitive. They present work that may appear straightforward but is powerful, tough and confrontational.
Beattie uses a language that does not make a big distinction between abstraction and representation. â€˜ My paintings are abstract to me... I put things that have references to psychological and emotional concerns... but I am trying to paint them in a way that is not illustrative.
I am fascinated by the representational element - it gives me large and small, a sense of distance. Thereâ€™s intrigue as well; the curiosity of corridors, colonnades, archways, cloisters... Perhaps an image - a door or whatever - may invite thoughts of escape; but the sheer physicality of the means prevents there being an escape from the language of the painting.â€™
Blane makes tangible the indescribable. Her attention to mark-making and gesture direct her work. In her most recent paintings Blane seeks to explore a pictorial space where things â€˜go wrongâ€™ visually; lines disconnect, paint drips and splatters. In short everything is extreme. The quality of paint, the colours used, and the tempo of the pictures. This extremity is the height of pure emotion. It is a statement about being alive.
Drawing is important for both artists as a practice in itself. Although they make large paintings, both Beattie and Blane produce small drawings. Beattie uses oil stick, graphite and Chinese ink, flooded with water. Blane uses mainly charcoal on paper. Both succeed in evoking deep emotion, mood and atmosphere, and making drawings as sensually charged as their paintings.
Beattie was short listed for the Jerwood Painting Prize 2001. Blane was an Award Winner at the Cheltenham & Gloucester, Open Drawing Show in 1999.
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