I am essentially concerned with the exploration of paint onto canvas and my relationship to it, its application and the dynamics thereof. Working with the process of addition and subtraction, movement, memory and energy, while evolving a series of paintings concurrently. I feel one of the many roles of an artist is to challenge peoples points of perception and to present different ways of seeing things in order for one to assume reponsibility for ones own thoughts & actions. If we are constantly drip fed images which are 'comfortable' we eventually stop 'seeing' and therefore stop thinking. In that sense, although my practice is working on a very subtle level they can be cosidered politcal & indeed have been used as a sounding block for such discussions. The paintings although working through the medium of energy,movement and memory allow freedom of expression and in some senses appear confrontational and challenging. My paintings are a record of my journey through time and my connection to both my external & internal landscape. My working drawings, along with my sketchbooks are a vital part of my creative process allowing freedom of mark making without self-conciousness. The fluid energy created through these drawings are crucial to my practice and help me stay connected to the paintings that i am wotking on,helping me move forward in their development. Through the rapidity and reptitiveness of the mark making, the element of movement through time occurs. By focusing on the abstract and eliminating the figurative or narrative i am trying to capture the beauty of the marks. With the installation of working drawings and those in my sketchbooks, comes the realisation that drawings do not have to be contained and that they can, like the paintings, have a very physical and emotional presence and in that sense can be confrontational.
CV & Education
2013 - SOLO EXHIBITION:(May 2013), The Linenhall Art Centre, Castlebar, County Mayo, Southern Ireland.
2010 - 'MARKING TIME' : Solo Exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries,Scotland.
2002 - "VAL D'OR'', Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries,Scotland
2000 - The David Davies Company, Kendal,England,U.K Group exhibitions
2012 - ''THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT'', Brooklyn Library., New York (Touring U.S.A)
2011 - SKETCH 2011: National selected sketchbook exhibition, Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire,England.
2010 - CORMAN ARTS, Daleham Gardens, London
2010 - 'SPRING FLING', Open Studio, Dumfries (annual)
2010 - 'THE MOMENT OF PRIVACY HAS PASSED', Usher gallery, Lincoln
2005 - The Pond Gallery, London 2005 - 20/20, Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries, Scotland 2004 - ART CO., Leeds, U.K
2004 - CAMPDEN GALLERY, Stratford- upon -Avon, U.K
2004 - THE CUBE GALLERY, Bristol, U.K
2000 - TRANSNATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITION, Pallazzo Da Vullo Nel Frigano, Italy:Brittany,France:The Crawford Arts Centre Scotland:The Gracefield Arts Centre,Dumfries,Scotland.
1999 - "LA FIAD'', Art And Interior Decor Exhibition, Beirut
1999 - ''SION'', Rennes, France 1998 - ''THE LIME GALLERY'', Laguna Beach, U.S.A Artist Talks
2013 wrfm.ie 'THE ART SHOW' Southern Ireland.
2010 - 'MARKING TIME' Gallery Talk by Bea Last, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2010 - 'MARKING TIME'. Bea Last in conversation., Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries,Scotland.
2005 - SPRING -FLING OPEN STUDIOS, WEST-SOUND RADIO., DUMFRIES SCOTLAND
2000 - THE POWER OF COLOUR, CAIRNDALE HOTEL, DUMFRIES
2012 - Sketchbook Workshop, Studio 4,Lochdougan House., Castle Douglas,Dumfries & Galloway
2010 - Sketchbook surgery, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2010 - Sketchbook Surgery, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries,Scotland Corporate commissions
2013 - THE CORINTHIA HOTEL PENTHOUSE: Works on loan
2012 - Private Residency, ART ACUMEN, LONDON 2011 - THE BRITISH ART PROJECT, the Corinthia Hotel,, London
2010 - DOKKAE PROJECT, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2009 - FULL CIRCLE ART CONSULTANCY, London, /U.S.A
2008 - CLUB QUARTERS HOTEL, Central Loop,Chicago,Illanois,, U.S.A
2007 - EDL ASSOCIATES, Atlanta,Georgia,, U.S.A
2005 - BALLEYMORE PROPERTIES, Canary Wharf,London,, U.K
2004 - LOGICA (MICROSOFT), London, U.K
2004 - REUTERS, London,, U.K
Competitions, prizes and awards
2012 - THE SCOTTISH ARTS TRUST
2012/13, Creative Scotland., Edinburgh.Scotland.
2012 - VISUAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT AWARD:CABN 2011/12, Dumfries., Scotland.
2011 - SKETCH 2011:National selected sketchbook exhibition, Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire,England.
2009 - VISUAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT AWARD, Creative Scotland in partnership with D&G Council, Scotland
1996 - INSPIRATIONS FROM SCOTLAND, ANCHOR BOOKS, LONDON
1989 - STYLUS BOOK AWARD, PORTER HOUSE BOOKS, LONDON
2010 - ArtWork Newspaper.sept/oct issue
2008 - Artwork newspaper,nov/dec issue
2007 - HOMES & ANTIQUES. MAY ISSUE.
2006 - PICTURE PERFECT: STEPHANIE HOPPEN
2005 - SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY NEWSPAPER.
2012 - Mentoring HND Art & Design & HND photography students., Dumfries College. The Chrichton Campus,University of Glasgow., Dumfries
1999 - LIGHT LUNCH, CHANNEL 4 TELEVISION, LONDON