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Rosemary Beaton shot to fame in 1984 whilst still a student at the Glasgow School of Art when, at the age of 20, she won the National Portrait Gallery’s coveted annual Portrait Award. Not only was she the first Scot to win it, but she was also the youngest ever recipient. Her commissioned portrait
of the British political broadcaster and commentator Sir Robin Day (1923-2000) is part of the contemporary collection in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
One of the acclaimed new ‘Glasgow Girls’ who made their name in the 1980s and played a huge role in establishing Glasgow’s visual arts fame, Beaton is an artist with a mercilessly frank and revealing style. Often compared to Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville, her exploration of the human form is at once honest and joyfully optimistic. It originates from deeply felt person experience; amongst other influences, family and the theme of motherhood has inspired her vivid and authentic
Motherhood is a role Beaton relishes and her paintings explore this theme in all its humanity. Images of a fractious baby, a bored husband, and restless daughter are characteristic of Beaton’s unsentimental, often witty paintings on the subject. Rounded, plump and sensual figures evoking fertility goddesses with huge arms ready to embrace and breasts ready to nurture characterise her work and depict the true nature of motherly love. Not one to shy away from big subjects, Beaton has also tackled The Troubles in Northern Ireland, hostages in Beirut and mythological Goddesses in her work.
This book celebrates 30 years of creative output from one of the new ‘Glasgow Girls’. It is lavishly illustrated with over 150 illustrations of Beaton’s highly distinctive landscape and life drawings, paintings, portraiture and environmental artwork. It also includes illuminating essays by Clare Henry FRSA, Alexander Moffat OBE RSA and Alison Harper.
ROSEMARY BEATON will be launched at a large retrospective exhibition titled
“Alternative Realities” at 9 George Sq.Glasgow. Private view 28th February
2018, exhibition will run until 15th March 2018.
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