Basil Beattie
Tate Britain: Exhibition
5 March 3 June 2007

Basil Beattie is one of Britain’s most respected abstract painters. Though not as well known to the general public as some, he has a very strong following amongst fellow artists, thanks in part to his teaching career. This display brings together a group of his powerful and suggestive abstractions made since 1990. In these he employs pictograms and spatial components such as steps or enclosed cells to deftly explore the limits and possibilities of abstract pictorial space. The results are beautiful, elegant and evocative. The display is accompanied by a new film about the artist that helps illuminate his concerns and sources of inspiration.