Oil on canvas
33.5 x 21 cm.
Painted in 2021
Beatrice Hasell-McCosh‘s work uses natural form and the tradition of landscape painting as the lens to explore emotional themes, identity linked to place and human connection. Drawing is vital to her practise and she uses closely observed studies made from life to make large-scale paintings. Beatrice works as much from memory as from the studies and, in playing with scale, the focus of importance gives way (from direct figurative representation) to a flattened abstraction with aesthetic choices relating to composition, texture and gestural use of colour taking on the primary importance.
During the first lockdown in 2020 Beatrice drew a huge amount of comfort from the routine of making small watercolour sketches in the garden. As humans shrunk away from each other the reassuring continuity and cycle of nature became completely absorbing to the artist who, over a period of 6 months, watched and drew from the same spots continuously seeing plants grow up, crowd together (in antithesis to human society) blooming and dying and being replaced with the new.
Education: English and Classics at Leeds University. Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. The Royal Drawing School in London.
Selected Exhibitions: Aora: III, curated by Jenn Ellis, www.Aoraspace.com, online, 2021. Art For Charity Collection, March Auction, Instagram, 2021. Works on Paper III, Blue Shop Cottage, Group show, 2021. Green Fires, The Violet Hour, online, 2021. Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Spring Show, 2021. Bucolia, Blue Shop Cottage, Camberwell, 2021. Top 100, The Auction Collective, 2021. Les Danses Des Nocturnes, Spread Museum curated by Eastcontemporary Gallery, Entrevaux, South of France, 2021. The Wild Geese Call, curated by Georgie Mason, The Old St Gallery, London, 2021.
Her work is in private collections around the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA. She has curated two online exhibitions, individually during lockdown and for Bowes Parris Gallery both focusing on the importance of drawing. Her sell out second solo exhibition was presented at Blue Shop Cottage in October 2020.