© John Beattie.
THE SHORT VERSION:
Visual Artist - still & moving image - staged productions - reconfigures & recontextualises.
THE LONG VERSION:
John Beattie is a visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Beattie’s practice takes the form of staged-productions working with still & moving-image. His work re-addresses cultural narratives, objects, and events that become re-configured and re-interpreted through the process. When working with specific sites, objects, or people, the technical & aesthetic considerations on how the medium performs, are as integral as in how the work finds its form through exhibition. By referencing cultural & historical narratives, how the work may speak to its present and temporal situatedness is the dichotomy in which he places the viewer.
Primary examples of his inquiry can be seen in the collections of works such as PERFORMING NGI.988, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland, and The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Arts Office; A Line of Inquiry at Fort Dunree Museum, curated by Declan Sheehan, Co.Donegal; The two-part film An Artist, The Studio, and all the rest... that was produced & directed between 2006-2012 in The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and in The Great Hall at The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) Dublin, then exhibited as a solo show at The Royal Hibernian Academy, curated by Patrick Murphy. In the work titled The Artist’s Studio Series, this work has been an on-going and evolving body of work that has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2005.
Currently, Beattie is working towards his solo show at The Hugh Lane Museum, Dublin, curated by Michael Dempsey. A long-term project of research and development titled RECONSTRUCTING MONDRIAN, a highly choreographed moving-image artwork, produced and directed by Beattie (2013-2020) that re-addresses a reconstruction of Piet Mondrian's Paris artists studio from 1921-1936. This new body of work has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Beattie has been awarded numerous artist residency programs nationally and internationally. In 2020, he was the artist in residence at The Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) Paris. He was nominated for the apexart Fellowship, New York, and spent one month with apexart on their unique Fellowship program in 2015. He has been an 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 The Arts Council Travel & Training Bursary, The Arts Council Projects Awards, The Arts Council Visual Artist Bursary’s, The Donegal County Council Artist Bursary’s, an Open EV+A Award, Limerick City Gallery of Art, and received the Arts Humanities Research Board grant in 2003-2005. His work is in public collections such as The Arts Council of Ireland Collection, The Office of Public Works, and the Department of Education in Ireland.
Additionally, since 2008, Beattie has worked in the visual arts professionally with Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) as part of the dedicated management team. FSAS is a leading studio organization in Ireland for professional practicing visual artists’ providing long-term live/work studio residencies of up to 2 years 9 months. FSAS also supports artistic practice through their sculptural and digital resources and facilities, their international curatorial residency, courses and workshops for practicing artists, curatorial and commissioning process, and providing opportunities for emerging, mid-career, and established artists nationally and internationally.