Above and Below 10, by Basil Beattie RA

by Basil Beattie RA

This unique work is displayed as part of the Basil Beattie RA: A Passage of Time exhibition in the Keeper’s House of the Royal Academy of Arts from 23 February – 23 April 2018. 

Please note, this framed work is available for collection only from the Royal Academy of Arts once the exhibition has closed.

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Artwork details

Artist Basil Beattie RA
Medium Drawing
Colour Black/White
Dimensions 28 x 36cm
Fabric & material Graphite

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Artwork description

While Basil Beattie is best known for his abstract paintings featuring architectural motifs, often including stairs, ladders and tunnels, his works on paper have formed an important part of his practice throughout his illustrious career. Psychological and physical complexity abound in the deceptively simple visual language used by Beattie to explore certain preoccupations, such as the passing of time and notions of the journey.


This is one of a number of monochromatic drawings in Beattie’s Above and Below series in which he uses geometric shapes and lines to create graphic images of seemingly endless variation.

About Basil Beattie RA

Basil Beattie studied at West Hartlepool College of Art from 1950-55 and the Royal Academy Schools from 1957–61, then teaching at Goldsmith’s College in the 1980s and 90s.



Beattie 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... Go to artist page