The Fool (Study 6)

by Bartholomew Beal


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 29.5 x 23.5 ins /75 x 60cms
SIGNATURE: Signed verso
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas



Catalogue No: 5365 Categories: ,

In his work, The Fool (Study 6), Beal aims to capture the essence of the character behind the Fool. In order to explore the concept of one’s personality behind a cultivated character, Beal merges the pairing of the two personas into one portrait. In this placid, personal portrait the Fool is depicted wearing jester paint and yet retains a sense of tranquillity and intelligence.


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Bartholomew Beal is a British artist whose work incorporates the intrinsically mystical and theatrical qualities of myth, folklore and poetry within his atmospheric figurative paintings. Born in 1989 and later studying at the Wimbledon College of Art, Beal was awarded the Jonathan Vickers residency in 2010-13, which ensued in his solo exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Successively, this residency resulted in his win of the Landmark Art Prize, 2012. Furthermore, Beale is the youngest artist to have ever staged a solo exhibition at The Fine Art Society, showing his first show in 2014 and additionally exhibiting a second solo show in 2017.
Beal’s subjects are often focused on textual sources, drawn out as loose figurative sketches, which are often accompanied by ‘ghost’ paintings as Beal works and reworks his canvases without any infinitive plan. Thus, allowing the natural creative process to enhance the fabrication of the textually based fragmented story of his work. Beal embraces the aspect of uncertainty within his creative process, as he intertwines the recognisable poetic source within the complex web of the possibilities of creative accidents, which he regards as essential to the creative process of painting.

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