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Cubic Thoughts, 2020

by Basil Beattie RA

The three-dimensional Perspex cube seems an appropriate vehicle for Basil Beattie RA’s contribution to Cure3, as he often incorporates architectural elements in his work. Here, the cylindrical forms, reminiscent of Asian handscrolls, combined with the expressive brushstrokes and molten appearance of the marks made, create an evocative artwork which teases the viewer by partially concealing the pictorial images.

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Artwork details

Dimensions 20 x 20 x 20cm
Fabric & material Acrylic, Charcoal & Canvas
Edition 1

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Updated 19 May 2020

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Product story


Art and science unite with Cure3. Established in 2017 and now in its third edition, Cure3 was devised and curated by Artwise in partnership with Bonhams to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Parkinson's Trust.

Participating artists are each given a bespoke Perspex cube measuring just 20cm3 as a compact space to interact with and to create original artworks on or within. For Cure3 2020, over 90 artists participated, including several of our Royal Academicians. These collectable artworks launched at Bonhams 5-8 September this year and we are proud to be showcasing a selection of the works this winter.

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