OPENING NIGHT Wednesday 14th November
243a Liverpool Street
John Beard was based close to Sintra, on the coast of Lisbon, painting a whole series of works based on rock formation of Adraga.
|Edition of 25 printed on Somerset Satin Copperplate photogravure|
He himself decribed the impact of this rock:
I was on a cliff and I saw this incredible rock in the sea:
this pyramid in the sea, an equilateral triangle.
Everything seemed connected to what appeared before me.
I found a motif that I knew I would return to -
it was always going to be there.
The rock had an impregnable majesty, a lifeless finality animated and metamorphosed through light.
The light revealed the energy and force of the sea - an orchestration of submission and reaffirmation.
John Beard was Archibald winner 2007 with his portrait of Australian artist Janet Laurence and this work can be seen on www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/346.2007