Bartosz Beda Figurative and Abstract Painter
At 33 years old, Bartosz Beda is a figurative and abstract painter whose work references that of Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, and Gerhard Richter, Bartosz Beda aims to explore the duality between representational and abstract painting.
He graduated in 2012 from Manchester Metropolitan University and in the same year won the Towry award for best painter in the North of England, he then exhibited at the Saatchi New Sensation group exhibition and was titled by the Caitlin as one of the most exciting emerging artists to be painting in the U.K , he went on to be awarded with a scholarship to the prestigious Dresden Academy of Art.
In 2013, Bartosz Beda moved to the United States where he has won several national competitions, had solo exhibitions in Spain, Colombia, and the United States as well as the United Kingdom. Beda has been featured in the Financial times and Moneyweek as a future star and a painter that you should take note of collect and invest in, he was featured in the Independent, HSBC’ guide to investing in Art, The Guardian, BBC Radio 4, Spokesman-Review, Inlander and many more, Bartosz represents a new generation of painters who explore new ideas in figurative expression and philosophical concepts in art,
His portraits sell in Europe as fast as he can create them. But, according to an article that was written in the 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 & The Duality of Painting
Francis Bacon said, “Painting is a duality, and abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing.”
To understand what he meant by it, I put myself in the context and times he said this. This is a philosophical problem where abstract and representational painting are seen to be fighting against each other. For Francis Bacon saying this, it seems that this was a defence mechanism against the trends of abstraction around him at that time. When for him it was a combination of the two movements coming together. Just like it is for me. By saying “aesthetic thing” maybe he simply meant aesthetically pleasing, or maybe he went deeper, which make sense if we refer to abstraction. By duality, he meant that form can play against meaning and meaning against form, and I see it the same way when I combine figuration and abstraction together, by doing it on canvas, I get two meaningful pictures of representation and abstraction together. I also want to refer to Freud who suggested that a dream is the fulfilment of a wish and there is a great connection between dreaming itself and daydreaming. I feel the same with an abstraction that it fulfils the figuration. It is a connection between daydreaming and passing into a deep dream where we combine consciousness with the subconscious. That way we can talk about painting in various ways and leave it unanswered, just like our dreams.
figurative, representation, and the idea of form.
Often when we see the painting, we have an expectation of what we might see in the picture, and we want to recognize the objects in it or find a personal attachment to it. This is one way of defining what is real, and that is why we created the term ‘realism.’ However, when we look at the abstraction, we do not necessarily think of a figure or an object, but abstraction has that notion of physicality in the process of making it, for instance, Pollock or Rothko used specific objects, tools beside brushes that created their paintings. It goes back to the idea of the duality of the painting. The form itself is interesting and does not need much representation, but it won’t at first seem to have much meaning – unlike when we bring the figuration or combination of abstract and representational work together.
When I paint, I combine abstraction and representation, but I don’t create any systems in the abstract or figurative form within which objects, figures, and strokes find their order. The form is a conscious connection between me and the canvas. I interpret the form created on the surface as the subconscious activity of the mind that reflects directly on the surface of the canvas.
Here is a link to Bartosz’s Sequential Installments Project here.
Here is a link to Beda’s Creative platform and Interview Magazine called Execute
Bartosz Beda Press
The influential Nora Gouma lifestyle blog interview with the Artist from March 2018
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
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