© John Beattie, 2017.
John Beattie is an Irish visual artist, originally from Donegal, and is currently based in Dublin. Over the last 13 years, his practice has been centered on interrogating the traditional ideal of the artist, and the location of the studio, exploring new meaning and value, in the context of the social-political space of the artists’ studio. Primary examples of this enquiry have taken the form of works and exhibitions such as: PERFORMING NGI.988, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland, and The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Arts Office, 2016; A Line of Inquiry, Fort Dunree Museum, curated by Declan Sheehan, Co.Donegal, 2014; An Artist, The Studio, and all the rest..., The Royal Hibernian Academy, RHA, curated by Patrick Murphy, Dublin, 2012; and The Artist’s Studio Series, the Project Space, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and he has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2002.
His work: An Artist, The Studio, and all the rest… produced & directed 2006-2012, is representative of key research topics regarding theoretical and philosophical enquiries on representation, reproduction, and interpretation through the work of Benjamin, John Mullarkey, and Ricoeur. The aim of this work explored historical and contemporary models on the artists’ studio, and through a performative method of research, the resulting work portrayed social-political frameworks surrounding the artists’ studio. The work referenced the French realist painting The Painter’s Studio, by Gustave Courbet, 1854/55. This ambitious project resulted in two cinematic 4K films, and was exhibited as a solo exhibition firstly at The RHA, Dublin, 2012. Currently, Beattie is in production of a new long-term work, which has been in development since 2013. Results from this new work will be exhibited in forthcoming solo exhibitions from 2019.
He was nominated for the apexart Fellowship, New York, and spent one month with apexart on their unique Fellowship programme in 2015. He has been artist in residence at Fire Station Artists' Studio, Dublin, 2006-2009; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2010; Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, 2011; and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2011. His work has been supported and acknowledged through awards and bursaries such as: Arts Council Travel & Training Bursary 2015, Arts Council Projects Award, 2012; Arts Council Visual Artist Bursary, 2006, 2007, 2010; Donegal County Council Artist Bursary, 2005, 2006, 2013; Open EV+A Award, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2005; Arts Humanities Research Board, 2003-2005.