Ins and Outs Series 2, 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.

£1,495.00

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Artwork details

Artist Basil Beattie RA
Medium Drawing
Colour Green/Multicolour
Dimensions 28 x 36cm
Fabric & material Paper

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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 work on paper is primarily created with oil-sticks and over-worked with graphite. The combination of layering motifs familiar within Beattie’s practice and the use of contrasting light and dark gives the image depth and an enticing quality.


In Beattie’s own words, ‘Ladders and tunnels are all architectural details but I use them metaphorically. Tunnels are ambiguous – you can escape from them but you don’t know what’s on the other side.’