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Guy Beggs

Guy Beggs - painter
"Suddenly I will see something; a splash of colour, a strong shadow, the fall of light across a scene or object and I sense the thrill of knowing I have the start of a new painting."

Guy Beggs is a painter born in Durban, South Africa, now living in London and Brighton & Hove. He studied fine art at institutions such as The Royal Academy Schools, London and Goldsmiths College, London, eventually teaching the subject and becoming the department head at Sir John Cass School of Art. His work centres around  landscapes portrayed with a plethora of colour.

South African Starting Point

Growing up in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe, Beggs’ exploration of this landscape gave him a great sense of the clarity of form and colour and helped him to create dramatic contrasts of light and shade. Presently, Beggs enjoys recording the seasonal and environmental changes in landscape and how this connects with changes made by man.

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Re-imagining Landscape Scenes

Through his diverse painting techniques, Beggs hopes to breathe new life and regenerate landscape views as opposed to realistically painting them. The use of  the methods of staining and mark making motivates Beggs to contemplate landscapes more conventionally before adding his own unique layer to them. Doubt, indecision and uncertainty remain an essential element in making paintings.

An Internationally Acclaimed Artist

Guy Beggs has exhibited on a global scale, including: the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, the Dusseldorf Art Fair, Germany and the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, London. Further, private and public galleries worldwide own his works including; Tate Britain, London, The Museum of London and the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.

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Ireland

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Fallen Leaves

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Limited Edition Reproductions

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Genesis

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Credentials

Prizes

  • 1976
    D&AD Silver Award- Second Prize– London, United Kingdom
  • 1971
    Royal Academy Schools, Eric Kennington Drawing Prize- First Prize– London, United Kingdom
  • 1970
    Royal Academy Schools, David Murray Prize- First Prize– London, United Kingdom
  • 1969
    Royal Academy Schools, Turner Prize- First Prize– London, United Kingdom
  • 1969
    Royal Academy Schools, Landseer Prize- First Prize– London, United Kingdom

Solo exhibitions

  • 2014
    Contemporary Watercolour / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Sunday Times Watercolour Competition / Mall Galeries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2013
    Contemporary Painters / The Lightbox – London, United Kingdom
  • 2012
    Threadneedle Prize Exhibition / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 2010
    Friends and Founders / Bigger Picture Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2010
    Solo Exhibition / Bigger Picture Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2009
    Digital Explorers: Discovery / Metropolitan Works – London, United Kingdom
  • 2008
    Art of The 70s / Rochdale Art Gallery – Rochdale, United Kingdom
  • 2000
    The Hunting Art Prizes / Royal College of Art – London, United Kingdom
  • 2000
    Solo Exhibition / Lindenberg Gallery – New York, United States
  • 1999
    Four Painters / Bruton Street Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 1998
    Brighton Open / Brighton Museum and Art Gallery – Brighton&Hove, United Kingdom
  • 1998
    Affordable Art Fair / Will's Art Wharehouse – London, United Kingdom
  • 1998
    Solo Exhibition / Bruton Street Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 1997
    Solo Exhibition / Hove Museum & Art Gallery – Brighton&Hove, United Kingdom
  • 1996
    Making a Mark / Mall Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 1995
    Modern Drawings / John Martin of London – London, United Kingdom
  • 1983
    8 British Realists / Louis K Meisel Gallery – New York, United States
  • 1983
    21 Years of the D&AD Awards / The Design Museum – London, United Kingdom
  • 1982
    Solo Exhibition / Fischer Fine Art – London, United Kingdom
  • 1981
    Guy Beggs / Gallerie Karl Flinker – Paris, France
  • 1980
    Realisme / Galleries Liliane Francois – Paris, France
  • 1978
    Basle Art Fair / Basle Art Fair – Basle, Switzerland
  • 1978
    English Realism / Waddington Gallery – Montreal, Canada
  • 1978
    English Realists / Waddington Gallery – Toronto, Canada
  • 1978
    Solo Exhibition / Piccadilly Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 1977
    Artists of Fame and Promise / Alpine Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 1975
    Painters of Reality Mystery and Imagination / Rochdale Art Gallery, – Rochdale, United Kingdom
  • 1975
    Dusseldorf Art Fair / Dusseldorf Art Fair – Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1974
    British Watercolour Today / Rochdale Art Gallery – Rochdale, United Kingdom
  • 1974
    Solo Exhibition / Leicester Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 1973
    Solo Exhibition / Leicester Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 1972
    5 Young Painters / Leicester Galleries – London, United Kingdom
  • 1972
    Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (And previous years) / Royal Academy of Art – London, United Kingdom
  • 1971
    Piccadilly Gallery Group Show / Piccadilly Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 1970
    Stowells Trophy Exhibition / Royal Academy of Art – London, United Kingdom
  • 1969
    Pictures For Schools / Royal Academy of Art – London, United Kingdom

Permanent collections

  • 1995
    Museum of London, United Kingdom
  • 1979
    Lethbridge Art Gallery, Canada
  • 1979
    Yorkshire Education Authority, United Kingdom
  • 1978
    City of Westminster, United Kingdom
  • 1978
    Design Museum London, United Kingdom
  • 1977
    Rochdale Art Gallery, United Kingdom
  • 1977
    The Design Council, United Kingdom
  • 1976
    Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
  • 1974
    Tate Britain, United Kingdom
  • 1973
    Lancashire Education Authority, United Kingdom
  • 1969
    Leicester Education Authority, United Kingdom
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