© John Beattie, 2017.
The traditional ideal of the artist, and the location of the "studio", are continually interrogated in Beattie's practice. Through moving-image, photography, and drawing, Beattie finds new meaning and value in the context of the social-political space the artists' studio embodies. In reference to both historical perspectives, and in exploring new definitions, the role of the artist and the studio are tested. Concerned with methods of production and representation, his curiosity lays with how the viewer engages with or unravels the creative process through performative intervention.
"The Painter's Studio", Gustav Courbet, 1855.