Saint Monday and thereby hangs a tale
7th September – 10th November
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Gallery Tour– Saturday 2nd November
Exhibition Guided Walk– Saturday 2nd November
12noon – 2pm http://www.derbymuseums.org/events/walkbeal/
New work by Bartholomew Beal for the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award
Bartholomew Beal, an emerging star of the arts world, is the current holder of the biennial Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award. He has translated stories and memories into atmospheric paintings with an ambiguous narrative of their own. His work is intense and ethereal, articulating the balance between the transient nature of people’s lives and the longevity of their story.
Beal describes the characters he paints as ‘quiet figures within an under-described space’ and concedes that his pictures develop as much from ‘trial, error and accident as they do from painterly proficiency’. This work is the product of a year spent absorbing the stories and traditions connected with the Industrial history of the Amber Valley. Beal’s research uncovered many colourful stories such as the ‘Nailers of Belper’ whose jobs were made redundant by industrialisation. They were heavy drinkers and a notoriously unruly bunch who set aside ‘Saint Mondays’ to recover from the weekends’ excesses.
Some of these works are for sale, for further information please contact:
Janine Derbyshire T: 01332 642230 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Khan T: 01332 641915 E: email@example.com
Photo credit: Richard Tailby http://www.richardtailbyphotography.co.uk/
Download the gallery guide here http://issuu.com/derbymuseums/docs/barley_beal_a5_booklet_v3