Basil Beattie RA


Born: 9 January 1935
Elected RA: 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).

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 That Irresistible Climb, Advanced Gallery, London
Works on Paper 1980-90, Curwen Gallery, London
2000 Basil Beattie, Recent Paintings, Storey Gallery, Lancaster
1998 Todd Gallery, London
1997 Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Reg Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, Sunderland

Public Collections
Arts Council Collection
Birmingham City Art Gallery
Contemproary Art Society
Government Art Collection
Saatchi Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Tate Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery


# Modern British Artists