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Becky Blair

Becky Blair

Becky Blair – Artist – Paintings

Becky Blair’s lively and eclectic style, combined with her vivid use of colour and dream-like reflections, has seen her highly-sought-after work sold through exhibitions and private commissions internationally. Her paintings evolve through a complex layering of glazes, textures, drawing and printing. Her compositions are formed from pools of overlapping colour, and the use of negative space, adding and taking away elements to create a surface that has its own history.

Known as an artist who sees the beauty in things which may otherwise seem ordinary, she draws inspiration from the everyday, as well as her travels through India, Australia and Europe.

Becky made a home in Brighton in 1997 after spending her twenties travelling, and undertaking regular commissions for the Pizza Express chain. This allowed her time to grow as an artist, and be inspired by the wonders of India, Nepal, South East Asia and Australia. Trekking through the Himalayas, riding pillion on an Enfield Bullet from Southern India to Katmandu were some of her many adventures. And along the way making friends that were to shape her future as an artist in later years.

Meeting Cat Read, a design publicist in a guesthouse in Nepal was the beginning of a long love affair with Western Australia. Cat proposed in return for a painting, she would secure a gallery and generate the publicity required for a solo exhibition in Perth, WA. Becky’s first show with the Gadfly Gallery was a huge undertaking and a steep learning curve, but ultimately a huge success. Becky has now undertaken 6 sell out solo shows over the past 10 years and has a loyal following that relish her vibrant, and unique style.

When traveling, Becky’s interest lies in the sights and scenarios that reveal a true sense of place. Her paintings reflect the experience, rather than the visage, allowing viewers to share in the moment. In some images, one can note a suggestion of indigenous motifs but it is rather an appreciation than appropriation as Blair celebrates all subjects with her unique view.

When she isn’t in Australia, Becky lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter. Working out of her studio at the Phoenix, she creates work for galleries throughout the UK, and is commissioned by collectors worldwide.

BECKY BLAIR – CV

SOLO SHOWS

May 2013                  Bound To The Rush, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

September 2012     New Paintings, Ingo Fincke, London, UK

March 2011              Standing On Tiptoe, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

May 2009                  New Paintings and Prints, Castor and Pollox, Brighton, UK

December 2008       Between You And Me, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

May 2008                  While You Were Sleeping, HQ Gallery, Lewes, UK

March 2008               Desperately Seeking Summer, Cosa Gallery, London, UK

December 2006       Backseat Fiction, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

December 2004       When The Wild Things Bloom, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

March 2003               Barefoot In The Supermarket, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

GROUP SHOWS

November 2014, 15     Artist Open Houses Fremantle, Perth, Australia

August 2013             Ingo Fincke, London, UK

July 2012                   The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK

December 2011       Ingo Fincke, London, UK

December 2011       Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

July 2010                   Caxton Gallery, Whitstable, UK

May 2010                  Hybrid Gallery, Devon, UK

April 2010                  Caxton Gallery, Whitstable, UK

December 2009       Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

December 2009       Catto Gallery, Hamstead, London UK

April 2009                  Artizan Ediitions, London, UK

June 2008                 Wills Art Warehouse, London, UK

August 2007             HQ Gallery, Lewes, UK

May 2006                  HQ Gallery, Lewes, UK

June 2005                 Lewes Contemporary Art and Star Gallery, Lewes, UK

June 2004                 Gaslight Gallery, Mougins, France

December 2003       Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

October 2002           Chapel of St Pierre D’Orival, Laroque Timbaut, France

July 2001                   Berrima District Arts Society, Merrima, Australia

June 1997                 Earl Of Smith Gallery, Leamington Spa, UK

ART FAIRS

January 2008            London Art Fair, London UK

March 2004 – 2016  Battersea Affordable Arts Fair, London UK

May 2005-2015       Brighton Fringe Festival, UK

May 2007-2015       Bristol Affordable Arts Fair, UK

June 2008                 New York Affordable Art Fair, USA

June 2006                 Sydney Art Fair, Australia

October 2011-2015 Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, London, UK

October 2010-2011 Fulham Art Fair, London, UK

November 2007-2008 Edinburgh Art Fair, UK

November 2007      Amsterdam The Affordable Arts Fair, Holland

OTHER

Winter 2014              TeNeues – licensing of art work, publishing and distributing a boxset of Becky Blair floral notelets, UK and USA

Autumn 2012                        Aquarelle – licensing of art work, publishing and distributing a range of Becky Blair hand signed small edition fine art prints, UK

Spring 2011              Faber – licensing or art work, commissioned portrait used for cover of a book of interviews with Will Oldham, Internationally.

August 2007             Art Group – licensing of art work, licensing of 2 paintings to Art Group for their poster print range, Worldwide

October 2006           Art Group – licensing of art work, licensing of 2 paintings to Art Group for a note-let range, UK and USA.

February 2006          Duncan and Baird Publishers – Illustration, 13 illustrations for the “Mind Body Spirit” 2007 calendar, London UK

April 2005                  Toyota – Advertising, Image licensed to Toyota for a motor sales promo, LA, USA

February 2005          Duncan and Baird Publishers – Illustration, 17 illustration for a book about angels, London, UK

May 2003                  Capel Vale Winery – Wine Label Design, paintings and logo for “Blue Manna” series, WA Australia

1995-2005                Pizza Express – Commissions, artwork commissioned for restaurants nationwide and internationally, UK and International.

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