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Bartholomew Beal drew on myth, folklore and poetry in the process of conjuring his distinctly atmospheric figurative paintings.
His starting point was usually a textual source pared down into a reductive sketch. There may have been a specific starting point for each work but the creative journey was far from certain; one canvas may show traces of several other ‘ghost’ paintings which are crucial fragments of the story of that work. Beal walked a fine line between referencing the specifics of his poetic source material and surrendering himself to the possibilities of beautiful accidents inherent in the process of painting.
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