Beatrice Hasell-McCosh: Fabric of Vision
The Coningsby Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of drawings and paintings by Beatrice Hasell-McCosh (b.1990). The exhibition will be open to the public on Monday 17 April, and will run until Saturday 22 April 2017.
Australian light, Scottish heat and Cumbrian weather have all inspired the artist, who is based between South London and The Lake District. Her work is physically expressive and describes a love for chaotic order and tension mark making can produce. Naturally drawn to landscapes she always travels with paint and has become adept at packing lightly in order to work anywhere from Scottish lochs, to the top of Cumbrian fells, to farms in the Australian bush.
More recently she has begun to paint portraits reflecting friends, family and other artists, showing a more peopled city life compared to her usually empty landscapes. Beatrice paints with a natural sociability and people who come to her studio for a drink or to look at a picture usually end up sitting for a couple of hours to be painted. These paintings reflect a conversational informal style of portraiture that she enjoys, with subjects sitting or reading sometimes in small groups.
‘I paint from life in the main but also more recently from drawings. A year exploring London entirely focusing on the practise of drawing (primarily outside) has changed the way I work. If it’s impossible to paint from life because of time or light constraints I find it is equally successful to paint from a tonal image without the distraction of colour in front of you. My time at The Royal Drawing School left me with an appreciation for the fluid and definite lines of a quick pencil drawing, because of their simplicity and success in conveying the depth of an idea.’ Beatrice Hasell-McCosh
Beatrice grew up on the border of Cumberland and Westmorland on the blustery edge of the Lake District. A bachelor’s degree in English and Classical Literature at Leeds was followed by a year at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and a postgraduate drawing year at The Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch, formerly The Prince’s Drawing School.
Private View: Tuesday 18th April 2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you would like to attend.
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