Dominic Beattie is a London born artist who works from his studio in Lewisham.
He is a graduate of Camberwell College of Art.
Beattie’s practice encompasses painting, sculpture, drawing and design and curation. His work is known for referencing the modernist movement, and is influenced by the sensibilities of that era. Borrowing from, textiles, ceramics, furniture and graphics, Beattie creates abstract works that are a hybrid of formal and optical elements.
His ‘Studio Furniture’ range made in collaboration with the architect Lucia Buceta has been exhibited in museums and art fairs around the world since production began in 2015.
Beattie has exhibited widely and in 2015 won the UK/Raine Painting prize at The Saatchi Gallery. His work has numerous collectors, most notably The Saatchi Collection and Soho House.
Dominic Beattie’s work is cut and built and then rebuilt, painted then overpainted. The traces of constant readjustment haunt the final image. Riffing on a wide and varied group of abstract languages that loosely come out of a constructivist history, Beattie’s eye for colour is at once direct and original. These works create surprising spatial shifts and vibrations that suggest a wink to Op and Pop but the emphasis on repetition and sequencing is also concomitant with sampled beats in advanced subcultures of electronic music. With skill and attention to the crafting of colour and shape, Beattie obsessively tilts, turns and twists the grammar of hard edged abstraction until something new and unprecedented is achieved.
John Bunker, 2017