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The Joy of Giving Art Away

So Karen and I have given away most of our work because we had no place to keep it. It’s gone to family, friends, workmates and acquaintances. This one I posted about in 2013 (see below). My older son liked it so he took it. But before he did he rotated it counterclockwise and made it into an abstract landscape (if that makes sense). Certainly is more interesting. If you own any of my paintings feel free to turn them any way you want!

The New Version

The old siteI wanted to get rid of the desktop based web package I had used to create my chrisbeachampaints.com art website and move it to WordPress. There were many reasons but the biggest was that WordPress is always up-to-date with recent improvements in web browsers. It also supports tablets and smartphones and is much more flexible with its huge user-base.

I hope you like it and please leave me comments and suggestions.

Chris

Arts-driven economic development

When I was still in Raleigh at the NC Arts Council my focus was on arts-driven economic development, strategies to use arts, culture, creativity as drivers of community and economic development. It was very rewarding. The people I met, the communities I worked with and the artists were inspiring to work with.

To learn more about my work at the Arts Council take a look at chrisbeacham.com

 

 

Abstracts

Here are a few of my abstracts done over the last 10 years. I started with abstracts because that is all I thought I could do. With guidance and a bit of faith and bravado I started doing other things but I still love to work in abstract.

In the images you’ll see influences from Helen Frankenthaler, Alma Adams, and Joan Mitchell. Motto: steal from the best! Click on any image and it will take you to a slider of images.

 

Mixed Media, Furniture & 3D

As I started in art I played with mixed media and collage partially because of my fear of actually painting. Cutting and pasting seemed so much easier. Yeah, expect good collage isn’t easy. Ultimately I broadened my perspective and worked with acrylics, oil stick, oil pastels, ink, etc. on everything from plywood to

I was initially most influenced by Dada. I was in DC during the Spring of 2006 for work and decided to visit the Dada exhibit at the National Gallery. I was shaken by the world the Dadaists were experiencing, the ideas that drove them, and the similarities to our present circumstances. Their reaction to the absurdity and tragedy of the 1910s, WWI and the negative aspects of technology made me feel like I was in a time warp. Was 2006 really just a new version of 1919?

The exhibit was so disturbing that I had the first panic attack of my life — I had to get out of there. At the same time I was drawn to the art, the artists and the story. I went back twice more and then went to see it at the MOMA in NY in August .

And I started seriously painting, maniacally, every day, sometimes till 4am.

My earlier creative efforts had been as a furniture maker. Various moves left me with no place for my woodworking equipment, but I kept some of the beautiful wood I’d collected. So you’ll see some 3D work with wood too.

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Representational

I’ve mentioned that I started painting with just abstracts but that was ultimately a wee bit restrictive. Sometimes I just found an abstract starting to look somewhat realistic and went with it (See: Fire Pit). Other times serendipity played a major role like in the Blue Nude. A few were designed as representational like the Bathers, a piece indebted to Jean Dubuffet, or Paris Park which plays on a photo that is the cover of a Pema Chödrön meditation guide.

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Black & White

So in 2014 I went to the Penland School of Crafts and took a class with Jim Adams called 2d or Not 3d. We worked a lot with graphite powder and graphite sticks. I came back and started working with these materials on paper. I’ll explain the methods I came up with some other time. There are a few here that are not graphite. For now….

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