© John Beattie
The traditional ideal of the artist, and the location of the "studio", are continually interrogated in Beattie's practice. Through methods of film-making, photography, and drawing, Beattie attempts to find new meaning in the context of the social-political space of the studio. In reference to both historical perspectives, and the attempt to find new definitions, the role of the artist and the studio are tested, creating a dialogue with the viewer. 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.