Basil Beattie: Cause & Effect at Hales London

Cause & Effect, an exhibition of paintings by Basil Beattie at Hales London, will run in conjunction with Basil Beattie: Pathfinder at Huxley-Parlour from January. The exhibition will focus on works from the early 1980s, preceding the works in Pathfinder, which chart the development of Beattie’s painting through the 1990s and the introduction of symbolic motifs for which Beattie has become synonymous.

Cause & Effect will include works painted between 1980-1982, during which time Beattie was part of an engaging milieu of artists and academics in Britain following a significant Arts Council-funded trip to New York in 1979. In 1980, John Hoyland invited the artist to exhibit work in the Hayward Annual (Hayward Gallery, London) alongside Gillian Ayres, Anthony Caro, Patrick Caulfield, Ben Nicholson and others, whilst the prolific two-year period documented in the exhibition culminated in a solo presentation at Goldsmiths gallery in 1982.

Influenced by The New American Painting show at Tate in 1959, the work of Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman particularly resonated with the artist. Beattie extended the legacy of Abstract Expressionism in post-war Britain, orchestrating formal visual dynamics in an expansive scale. Beattie has subsequently gained the epithet of a ‘painter’s painter’ and has over a sixty-year career influenced generations, most notably the Young British Artists (YBAs) through teaching at Goldsmiths during the 1980s and 1990s.

Basil Beattie: Cause & Effect will run from 24 January 2020 – 14 March 2020 at Hales Gallery, Shoreditch, London. Basil Beattie: Pathfinder opens at Huxley-Parlour on 17 January 2020.

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