Juggler II, 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. 


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Artwork details

Artist Basil Beattie RA
Medium Print
Colour Black/Multicolour
Dimensions 69 x 89cm
Fabric & material Lithograph

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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 dynamic lithograph, made in 1987, is one of Beattie’s earliest publications. Exploring movement and abstraction, Beattie’s use of geometric shapes and careful composition create the illusion of three dimensions.

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.’