The young British artist Bartholomew Beal draws on myth, folklore and poetry in the process of conjuring his distinctly atmospheric figurative paintings.
His starting point is usually a textual source pared down into a reductive sketch. There may be a specific starting point for each work but the creative journey is far from certain, one canvas may show traces of several other ‘ghost’ paintings which are crucial fragments of the story of that work. Beal walks 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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