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BEA LAST: ARTIST STATEMENT 2015


My practice is essentially studio based. I create large scale, contemporary, abstract, paintings that by their very physicality are to be experienced.


My practice focuses on movement, energy, relationship and connection through the medium of paint onto canvas, paper, and sketchbooks. They are about my relationship to and with paint and the dynamics created within. They are about relationship & connection to the space and environment they are placed in, causing conversation, connection and relationship along with placement.

My paintings are large scale and their very physicality is an important part of my practice. I work on more than one piece at any one time, with the process of addition and subtraction. They are not just to be looked at but to be experienced. To be conversed with, related to or challenged by.

I am at present taking the placement of paintings out with that of the conventional gallery space and looking towards alternative creative spaces where I can create a dialogue between the structure of a building, its features, various spaces, and highlighted aspects of its architectural design. That the paintings work ‘with’ a given space creating a conversation and relationship. To challenge our perceptions of where paintings should be seen and the nature of contemporary painting practice.

Sketch books and working drawings are a vital part of my creative process allowing freedom of mark making without self consciousness. The fluid energy created through these drawings are crucial to my practice and help me stay connected to the paintings that i am working on, helping to move them forward in their development. Through the rapidity and repetitiveness 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 in not necessarily the unseen but that which perhaps sometimes we are too busy to see.

With the working process within my sketch books, 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.
My practice also now extends to that of mentoring,(Spring Fling, CABN,DGU &Private) conversational workshops,(Linenhall Art Centre,Ireland, WRFMI Radio, Ireland WestSound Radio, Scotland- Gracefield ArtCentre Scotland, Scottish Dowsing Society,  Award selection panels(CABN, DGU & SpringFling) and latterly vice-chair of DGUnlimited.
I have exhibited widely across the U.K, with work held in both the private and corporate sector. Previous clints include Reuters U.K, Logica (Microsoft), Dokkae Project, Saudi, the Corinthia hotel, London W1(The British Art Project) Ballymoore properties, Canary Wharf, London and EDL Associates, U.S.A
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Artist Contact Info, Exhibition History and General Information

(Artist Bio is located on the Art and Artist Page)


BEA LAST – C.V
ARTIST

b.last@hotmail.co.uk
www.re-title.com/artists/bea-last.asp
TEL: (+44) 01387 760 500
MOB:( +44) 07703 458 182

Education:
B.A:Illustration:NORTHWICK PARK,HARROW(Now Westminster University, London)
ART FOUNDATION: North Oxfordshire Technical college & School of Art
PRE-FOUNDATION: North Oxfordshire Technical College & School of Art

Solo Exhibitions
'&COLLECTIVE' : Bridge of Allan-Scotland Aug,2015 www.andcollective.com
'LINENHALL ART CENTRE’, County Mayo, Ireland. May 2013
'MARKING TIME':Gracefield Art Centre,Dumfries.Scotland 2010 www.dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield
'VAL D'OR':Gracefield Art Centre Dumfries: Scotland 2001 www.dumgal.gov/gracefield
'DAVID DAVIES COMPANY': Kendal, England 2000
LYRIC THEATRE,HAMMERSMITH,LONDON, 1999
Group Exhibitions
CURRENT MASTERS- Selected Artist for ‘Current Masters’ Publication, to be published end 2015 info@wwwab.us
MANIFEST MOSAIC INSTALLATION- Selected Artist. 1/50 artists working on collaboration project to tour Spectrum Art Fair-Miami, The Spanish Cultural Centre, Miami, Carlos Albizu University FL. 2015/16 –Marcarno Maldonado art consultants and project management
ART EXPO MILANO-Art expo2015 with ARTMEET Gallery, East End Studios, Spazio progetto www.artmeet.eu
ARTupCLOSE: Virtual representation at ArtExpo- ARTIFACT GALLERY NY. 26-18April 2015 www.artifactnyc.net
ARTEXPO NYC PIER 94 BOOTH 267-APRIL 26-28th 2015
ART SAN DIAGO 2014: 2145 BOULEVARD, SAN DIAGO 92101:NOV.2014
ARTEXPO N.Y 2014 - Pier 94 New York: JUNE 2014
'THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT’: Brooklyn Library, New York. (Touring U.S.A) April 2012-
'SKETCH 2011': National selected sketchbook exhibition: Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire England.
'THE MOMENT OF PRIVACY HAS PASSED’; Sketchbooks by contemporary artists, architects & designers. Usher Gallery, Lincoln, England.2011
THE SOLO GALLERY: Edinburgh: 2007
ART Co. Leeds. England 2006
THE CAMPDEN GALLERY: Stratford-upon-Avon.England2005/2006
WILLS ART WAREHOUSE: London, England 2000/2001
'ART FIAD INTERIOR ART & DESIGN': Beirut 2000
'SION': Rennes, France
'THE LIME GALLERY': Laguna Beach, California, U.S.A.
'FRAGMENTS OF EUROPE': Touring exhibition. Italy, France, Scotland 1999
'AFFORDABLE ART FAIR'; London 1999-2006
'GLASGOW ART FAIR': Scotland 1999-2006
VAL'DOR:SOLO SHOW-Gracefield art centre 2001 www/dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield
'DAVID DAVIES COMPANY' Kendal, England 2000

Bibliography
FRESH START: VISUALARTS & MAKERS AWARD :( CABN- Creative Arts & Business Network) 2015/16 selection panel member.
Unlimited 2014- Board member of trustees www.dgunlimited.com
FRESH START:VISUAL ARTS & MAKERS DEVELOPMENT AWARDS(CABN):Selection panel member.DG Council/Creative Scotland 2015www.freshstartforthearts.com
FRESH START:VISUAL ARTS & MAKERS DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: selection panel member: DG council/Creative Scotland.2014
SPRING-FLING OPEN STUDIOS 2014:MENTOR
CABN(Creative Arts Business Network) PEER ADVISOR 2013
HND ART & DESIGN STUDENTS: Chrichton University, Dumfries./Spring Fling 2010
HND PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDENTS: Chrichton University, Dumfries./Spring Fling 2010

Grants/Awards
SPRING-FLING OPEN STUDIOS 2014:MENTOR AWARD:YOUNG ARTISTS BURSARIES/RECENT GRADUATES
CABN(Creative Arts Business Network) PEER ADVISOR 2013
S/FLING MENTOR:HND ART & DESIGN STUDENTS: Chrichton University, Dumfries./Spring Fling 2010
S/FLING MENTOR:HND PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDENTS: Chrichton University, Dumfries./Spring Fling 2010
THE SCOTTISH ARTS TRUST: 2012/13
VISUAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT AWARD: CABN 2011/12
VISUAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Creative Scotland in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council 2009/10
VISUAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Creative Scotland in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council 2006
ARTS & CRAFTS MARKETING AWARD: Scottish Enterprise Dumfries & Galloway 2006
TRANS NATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITION AWARD: Leader II European Community Initiative 2000
INTERNATIONAL POETRY SOCIETY: Semi Finalist: 1997
STYLUS BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY: Porter House Smith. 1989
Projects
THE CORINTHIA HOTEL PENTHOUSE, London, U.K 2014
THE CORINTHIA HOTEL PENTHOUSE, London, U.K 2013
PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE RESIDENCE, LONDON W1.2012
'THE BRITISH ART PROJECT': Corinthia Hotel London. 2011
'THE DOKKAE PROJECT': Jeddah.2010
'FULL CIRCLE ART CONSULTANCY': U.S.A/London2009
'CLUB QUARTERS HOTEL': Chicago, Illanois,U.S.A 2008
'BALLYMORE PROPERTIES': Canary Wharf, London 2007
'LOGICA'(MICROSOFT) 2004
'REUTERS' 2003
'DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY ROYAL INFIRMARY': Scotland 2003
CORMAN ARTS:LONDON 2000-
'SUMA INTERIORS’: Abbey Road, London 1999
'ALKASURA': Kings Road, London 1999

Publications
'ARTWORK ': September 2010
'ARTWORK': November 2007
'HOMES AND ANTIQUES': May 2007
'SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY': May 2005
'PICTURE PERFECT': Stephanie Hoppen 2004
'INSPIRATIONS FROM SCOTLAND': (Poetry) Anchor Books 1996
'STYLUS BOOK AWARD' Porter House Smith 1989

 

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