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Guy Beggs

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To See A World, 2011 Oil On Linen 100x140cms © Guy Beggs
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Path, 2011 Oil On Linen 61x76cms © Guy Beggs
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Ultramarine, 2009/10 Oil On Linen 102x117cms © Guy Beggs
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Fallen Leaves 2, 2009 Mixed Media On Paper 25x35cms © Guy Beggs
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Fallen Leaves 3D, 2009 Nylon Rapidproduction 470x470x12cms © Pelle Crepin
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Icons:Halo, 2009 Digital Print 27x40cms © Guy Beggs
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Icons:Flag, 2009 Digital Print 40x27cms © Guy Beggs
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Seed, 2007 Oil On Canvas 117x101cms © Guy Beggs
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Arrested Flight, 2005 Oil On Linen 117x92cms © Guy Beggs
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Vortex, 2001 Oil On Board 170x74cms © Guy Beggs
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Above and Below, 2000 Oil On Board 170x74cms © Guy Beggs
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Ascent, 1998 Oil On Board 170x74cms © Guy Beggs
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Descent, 1998 Oil On Board 170x74cms © Guy Beggs
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Australia 2 Visitors, 1997 Oi On Board 110x110 © Guy Beggs
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Germinal, 1997 Oil On Canvas 153x153cms © Guy Beggs
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Maheno Wreck 6, 1996 Oil On Canvas 153x106cms © Guy Beggs
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Maheno Wreck 2, 1995 Oil On Paper On Canvas 74x197cms © Guy Beggs
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Falling, 2010 Oil On Linen 92x117cms © Guy Beggs
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Seed, 2007 Oil On Canvas 76x91cms © Guy Beggs
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Fallen Leaves, 2009 Mixed Media On Paper 32x38cms © Guy Beggs
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Fallen Leaves II, 2010 Digital Print And Blockprint 24x32cms
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Reflection, 2010 Oil On Linen 100x141cms © Guy Beggs
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Diluvial, 2010 O Il On Linen 102x117 Cms © Guy Beggs
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Red Shadow, 2012 Inkjet Print On Archival Paper 30x30cms © Guy Beggs
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Burnt Bush, 2011/12 Inkjet Print On Archival Paper 30x30cms © Guy Beggs
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Birch Wood, 2011/12 Inkjet Print On Archival Paper 25x30cms © Guy Beggs
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Orange Run, 2011/12 Inkjet Print On Archival Paper 26x34cms © Guy Beggs
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Green Flash, 2011/12 Inkjet Print On Archival Paper 30x33cms © Guy Beggs
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Reeds, Cuckmeere, 2012 Inkjet Print On Archival Paper 27x40cms © Guy Beggs
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Accidental, 2011/12 Inkjet Print On Archival Paper 30x25cms
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Red Earth, 2011/12 24x34cms © Guy Beggs
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Madder Pool, 2011/12 Oil On Canvas 100x140cms © Guy Beggs
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Leaching Yellow, 2011/12 Oil On Linen 112x133cms
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Beachy Head:Sentinel, 2012 Oil On Board 174x70cms © Guy Beggs
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Beachy Head:Lighthouse, 2012 Charcoal 174x70cms © Guy Beggs
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Beachy Head:Sentinel , 2012 Charcoal 174x70cms © Guy Beggs
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Guardian, 2013 Charcoal 71x71cms © Guy Beggs
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Predator, 2013 Watercolour 53x101cms © Guy Beggs
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Predator, 2013 Oil On Canvas 102x182 © Guy Beggs
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Limpopo, 2013 Charcoal 71x71cms
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Beachy Head:Sentinel, 2012 Oil On Board 174x70cms © Guy Beggs
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Durban
Birth year
1947
Lives in
London and Hove,East Sussex
Works in
London and Hove,East Sussex
Schools
Royal Academy Schools, London, 1971, MA
Maidstone College of ART, 1968, BA
Goldsmiths, University of London
Tags
figurative, mixed-media, landscape, modern, digital
Statement

 

Guy Beggs’ work as a painter has been influenced by reflections on the nature of existence and the passage of time, as well as with the formal problems of the painted surface in themed series since the late 1980s. Urban isolation was a theme explored through the photo-realist paintings of the 1980s, but this snap-shot view of the world and exacting technique constrained a growing desire for both emotional engagement and exploration of materials and process.

A chance encounter with the Maheno Wreck on Fraser Island, Australia in 1985 proved a catalyst for both, with the rusting hulk inspiring greater freedom with mark-making in a series that progressively became a metaphor for the Australian landscape itself. Contemplation of this ancient landscape and man’s relationship to it resulted in the Australia series, but thoughts quickly turned to primordial and geological timescales to inform the subsequent Earth series.

Surfaces both natural and man-made continued to provide inspiration for the exploration of both physical and metaphysical concerns in subsequent themed series. Another chance encounter, this time with icons in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, informed a further series concerned with time and surface. The time-ravaged surfaces of these once pristine precious objects, presenting an altered aesthetic to the contemporary eye, suggested time-full palimpsests that were a long way from the modern freeze-frame view of time. The Fallen Leaves series that followed draws directly from nature’s seasonal mark-making and surface layering in her annual cycle of regeneration.

Guy Beggs was born in Durban, South Africa in 1947. He studied fine art at Maidstone College of Art, The Royal Academy Schools, and Goldsmiths College, London. He began exhibiting in the late 1960s and has continued to show work in mixed and solo exhibitions at home and abroad ever since.  He is represented by many private and public collections around the world, the nearest being Tate Britain and the Museum of London and the furthest the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand. He successfully combined his painting with teaching and was a head of fine art, a dean of faculty and is the founder and former director of Metropolitan Works Creative Industries Centre in London. http://www.metropolitanworks.org Returning to painting full-time in 2008 he lives and works in London.