Basil Beattie born 1935
Lithograph 573 x 775 (22 9/16 x 30 1/2) on T.H. Saunders paper, same size; printed by John White at Curwen Studio and published by Curwen Prints in an edition of 24
Inscribed ‘Basil Beattie' b.r., ‘Circus' bottom centre and ‘16/24' b.l.
Purchased from Curwen Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1985
This entry is based on a conversation between the artist and the compiler on 29 January 1988, and has been approved by the artist.
‘Circus' and one other lithograph, ‘Breathe in Deep' 1984, were Basil Beattie's first exercises in lithography. ‘Breathe in Deep' preceded P77110. It is in black and white and has a loosely squared-up format in which the individual components or ‘cells' contain images which are not specifically symbolic but have a ‘kind of symbolic resonance'. ‘Circus' is closely related to ‘Breathe in Deep' in so far as it echoes the format of a single cell in the latter. In contrast to the preceding work ‘Circus' is in brilliant colour: green, blue, yellow and red…