Janus Series 4, 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 36 x 28cm
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 unique work on paper is from Beattie’s Janus series, named for the Ancient Roman god who is traditionally represented as having two faces, one looking to the past, the other to the future. In Beattie’s series of monochromatic drawings, he presents multiple points of view contemplating decisions taken and journeys travelled. As Beattie explains, ‘Here, I explore the idea of what is beyond the tunnel, incorporating angles to add the suggestion of a perspectival horizon and vision.’