ABOUT THE SHOW
Trinity House Paintings is pleased to present the latest exhibition “Field of Vision” by British
contemporary artist Bartholomew Beal. In this new series Beal takes inspiration from an array of
major literary figures – from the Imagist poets of the early 20th century, to Seamus Heaney (1939-
2013) to Ionesco’s (1909-1994) absurdist play “The Chairs”.
Beal in this set of paintings finds a visual equivalent for the economy of language and free verse seen
in Imagism and previously explored by the artist. It is the “luminous details” – defined by Ezra Pound
– that yield interpretation of the central figures.
Within “Field of Vision” Beal represents characters and actions in striking conceptual and theatrical
compositions. He carefully selects ideas or emotions in texts to use as a starting point, before
exploring these further on his own creative journey, embracing the aspects of unpredictability that
are inherent within the painting process. He continually reworks the canvas, interrogating the crucial
fragments of each narrative. They become complex and layered paintings that feature naturalistic
depictions of the face and body while offering a context and backdrop that suggest a deeper
meaning in the manner of Imagist verse.
Bartholomew Beal was born in 1989 into a literary family. He studied Fine Art at Wimbledon College
of Art, graduating with a First Class degree and the Landmark Prize in 2012. He was awarded the
Jonathan Vickers Residency in the same year, which resulted in a solo exhibition at Derby Museum
and Art Gallery in 2013. Subsequently he became the youngest artist ever to have staged a solo
exhibition at the London Fine Arts Society in 2014, followed by two other solo shows in 2016 and