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Broken Promises

by Basil Beattie RA

Basil Beattie RA’s dynamic limited edition screenprint celebrates the Academy's 2016 Abstract Expressionism exhibition.

Published as an edition of 30, each print is signed and numbered by the artist.

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£750.00

Artwork details

Dimensions 40.5 x 32 cm
Fabric & material Screenprint
Edition 30
Medium Print

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Product story

Broken Promises relates to a painting by Beattie of the same name, and features his characteristic ‘stair’ motif. Senior Academician Beattie describes the image as having ‘psychological and emotional weight’, citing the landmark Abstract Expressionism exhibitions of the late 1950’s as having profoundly influenced him at the time. Printed with oil-based inks (known for their vibrancy) at Advanced Graphics London, Beattie’s limited palette of black, red and grey lends this work strength and impact.

All proceeds from the sale of RA Editions prints go directly to support the RA Schools.

Broken Promises relates to a painting by Beattie of the same name, and features his characteristic ‘stair’ motif. Beattie describes the image as having ‘psychological and emotional weight’, citing the landmark Abstract Expressionism exhibitions of the late 1950s as having profoundly influenced him at the time.

Printed with oil-based inks at Advanced Graphics London, Beattie’s limited palette of black, red and grey lends this work strength and impact.


The RA Editions programme generates valuable revenue for the RA and in particular the RA Schools.​​

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