Bartosz Beda Artist
Born in Poland in 1984, Bartosz Beda relocated to the UK in 2008. After graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 2011, he was selected for the 2012 Catlin Art Guide as one of the most promising emerging artists in the UK. In 2012, Beda was short-listed for Saatchi New Sensations and won the esteemed Towry Award for the Best of North of England as well as a six-month scholarship to Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany. Beda has had solo exhibitions at Galleria Liebre, Spain (2013), BAC Gallery, Colombia (2015), Jackson-Teed, England (2016), Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, USA (2017) and received a fellowship from Fondazione perl’Arte in Rome, Italy in 2016.
Bartosz Beda Paintings
Beda’s energetic style, his decisions on what parts he defines and where he smears his paint, produces beautiful objects in themselves. Whenever Bartosz has a new show, he has to push the boundaries of painting … to think what he will do next, and how will he do a new subject
His portraits sell in Europe as fast as he can create them. But, according to an article in UK’s MoneyWeek magazine titled ‘Six Rules for Spotting Great Art,’ Beda refuses to rest on his laurels. It would have been very easy for him to continue to create similar works, according to MoneyWeek. (But) he has deliberately challenged himself to evolve his practice.
Bartosz Beda is pushing himself through his Art
Beda is an enormously stubborn artist who took painting as his primary language of expression. First and foremost painting is the whole world to him. He says, “Painting is an act of physical motivations […].” What a sensational statement! Since the end of the 1950s, we have lost laborious painters bending over a canvas and flaunting a brush, with his brush, Beda is not creating a meaningless surface full of paint smudges. He is decoding his “fears and absurdities during the process of their formations on canvas and in the human mind.” As a gifted artist from his early childhood, he knows how to carry nuanced readings of psychological impacts of his mind with painting on canvas. He now wants to extend his ability to be able to leave a resonating effect on other people’s minds.
Bartosz Beda doesn’t shy away from pursuing greatness through his art. “There are a lot of great painters but only a few of them who are really trying to understand what painting is or how a painting can be changed to still keep it fresh as a medium,” Bartosz said. “Finding new ways of reinventing myself is really important.”
In the last two to three years I have realised that there is much more I have to learn about this world than I have learnt at schools and from friends and my parents. It is important to be able to adapt to the situations that I face as an artist. Artists have it much easier now than forty or fifty years ago. More possibilities. I think that I see my practice the way that Damien Hirst did it or Jeff Koons. Both always stayed focused on a bigger picture. I want to focus now on a bigger picture, I am working on a new series that explores the Heimlich Maneuver idea, how to save the life of somebody who is choking and its direct link to history and politics. This is now in its conceptual stage.
Bartosz has created a new sculpture series as well, he has called these installations and paintings called ‘Social Structure’, as they refer to the overwhelming symbolism of pyramid power in our pop culture. The sculptures contain the pyramid shape that refers to the pyramid of social status with an eye that can be found on the back of US dollar. Through the creation of pyramidical installations, I want to reverse that symbol of power and bring attention back to the people.
Bartosz has also received a grant for a new body of work that will primarily be focused on Mexican immigration to the United States as well as migration in Europe.
Here is a link to Bartosz’s Sequential Installments Project here.
Bartosz Beda Press
The Telegraph newspaper on investing in Art Link: How to make money by discovering the next Monet;
The Guardian newspaper article on alternative investing 20/05/17 where Bartosz Beda is mentioned as a great investment read it here
Artbook and Catalog by the Artist: Hear My Voice
Link to the next Artist: Dan Pearce