Date / Time
Date(s) - 01/11/2023 - 30/11/2023
10 h 00 min - 19 h 00 min
Alex Beattie is an artist and printmaker, working in London. His hand-drawn silkscreen works transcend the physical, drawing the viewer into celestial dreamscapes of colour, symbolism and the supernatural.
He takes inspiration from everything and anything – Byzantine mosaic to socialist poster art, Hokusai to videogames – but ultimately what he’s looking to capture in each work is some aspect of how it feels to be human: how we experience the universe, and how we look for meaning in it.
He studied Textile Design at Chelsea, UAL – and since then his creative practice has expanded across paper and fabric, mosaic and digital. His current focus is developing new hand-based techniques for print on paper.
His practice is process-driven, with the technique fundamental to the artwork. He builds up multiple layers of hand-pulled transparent pigment, creating prints with dense, vibrant colour. He typically uses seven individual screens as a starting point for each print – with the different overprint combinations between them producing a whole spectrum of colours. He may then work into the images further, adding gold leaf or hand-finished details.
Each of his works is entirely hand-drawn. He collages individual elements together, to create a final image with a bold, graphic unity. He then works back from that to the colour separations, ready for printing.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in 2021 and 2022, and was chosen by Grayson Perry for his RA curation in 2022. He received a solo show award from The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers at the International Original Print Exhibition 2022.