Terry Beard Contemporary Artist
My work is informed and inspired by elements within the natural and built environment, particularly the landscape which surrounds my studio. This is a varied landscape, with areas of flat farmland, punctuated with woodland and connected by ditches and drains. I live close to an area of preserved fenland which offers endless possibilities for visual interpretation. My work explores way of conveying a sense of depth and form using abstract marks and gestures such as blocks of colour and lines. During the making process intuitive decisions are made and serendipitous 'accidents' are embraced.
In my current practice, I primarily use screen printing as a means of building up compositions. I use a small squeegee, in the way you might use a brush, and pull layers of colour through a screen with no stencil, or occasionally some ripped or cut newsprint as a rough temporary stencil. I have developed this way of working over several years ; I like the quality of the marks I can achieve this way.
I build up layers of transparent colour directly onto canvas and I also print onto newsprint to build up a collection of papers that I can then use to collage onto the printed canvas.
I have exhibited my work widely and have pieces in numerous private and corporate collections. My work is available through several galleries in the UK, and I have also shown work in the USA and Venice.
I am available for commissions, please contact me for further information.
West Surrey College of Art and Design
City of Birmingham Polytechnic
London Invitational Award Finalist
Cass Art Award, London
'Depth of Vison', Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Maker's Gallery, Cambridge
Group (Selected Shows)
'King's Connections', King's College, Cambridge
Pyramid Gallery, York
'Form and Surface', Espacio Gallery, London
2016 ' Visual Connections', Clare Hall, Cambridge
2017 'Seeing Red', Espacio Gallery, London
2018 'Visual Connections', Pyramid Gallery, York
'Pots and Paintings', Old Fire Engine House, Ely
2019 'Lightplay', Babylon Gallery, Ely. Cambs
'Anima Mundi', Venice, Italy
2021 'Fluxus', Milan, Italy
'Dialogue Among the Antitheses, Rome, Italy
'4Art's Sake', Salthouse, Norfolk
'Changing Horizons', Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambs
'Facets of the Fens', Norris Museum, St Ives