Comments on: Creative – Basil Beattie: Taking Steps 1986-2009 http://abstractcritical.com/article/creative/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Patrick Jones http://abstractcritical.com/article/creative/#comment-51806 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 15:48:32 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=2713#comment-51806 Did anybody else see Basils show at the Maak gallery,shortly after he rejected his past as a colour painter.The huge canvasses were hung low for maximum effect,about a foot from the floor.I particularly liked the linen stained with thin washes of varnish against thick impasto red oxide. There was an image redolent of the debris from the twin towers,open and closed spaces.It was particularly impressive and completely empty when I was there ,which made the experience more pleasureable,and stangely intimate.

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By: Seamus Green http://abstractcritical.com/article/creative/#comment-5986 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:43:37 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=2713#comment-5986 Thank you for putting this up, I think Basil Beattie is one of the most intriguing contemporary painters. I love how you put that sense of Beattie falling victim to imagery; I personally think that it is fascinating ground where the painter’s denial of representation hinders. In Beattie’s case it opens up a whole new environment without losing those lovely whips and curls of the material. The ‘Janus Series’ are so filmic in their suggestions of deep open spaces seen at 3 points in time, they conjure those vast expanses in the Mad Max films (I hope that isn’t too crass, I’m sure there are more elegant similarities). However those seemingly simple forms have such complex associations. His paintings are so raw and honest to his appeasement of imagery, almost like a man who knows he can’t go it alone but is to stubborn to hand over the reins for help, he brutalises his imagery by paring it right down and hiding it in luscious abundances of oily matter that cannot be avoided over allusion. Finally his fantastic use of autumnal colouring, that is so unusual, really does built an incredible atmosphere… what a great painter!!

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