Breathing Deep, by Basil Beattie RA
This limited edition print 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.
|Artist||Basil Beattie RA|
|Dimensions||63.5 x 89cm|
|Fabric & material||Lithograph|
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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 the first lithograph Beattie made when he began to work with the medium of printmaking. Within the grid structure of Breathing Deep, Beattie combines geometric shapes to create abstract figures that give the impression of movement. Although unusual in Beattie’s visual language, this composition resembles a storyboard in which each segment contributes to an overall narrative.