© John Beattie.
John Beattie is a visual artist originally from Co. Donegal and is currently based in Dublin, Ireland. His most recent works take the form of highly choreographed film productions in moving and still image. Characteristic of his process is in the reinterpretation of historical subjects and cultural artifacts such as in film, painting and site-specific contexts.
Through his methodical process of recontextualization, Beattie aims to explore new meaning in the works reconstruction.
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 also 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 over the long duration (2006-2012) at 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 which has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2005.
Currently, Beattie is in preparation for his solo show at The Hugh Lane Museum, Dublin, curated by Michael Dempsey. Since 2013, he has been researching a significant and curious cultural artifact - the Reconstructed Paris Studio of Piet Mondrian (1920s) - built by the Dutch architect Frans Postma in the 1990s, founding Director of STAM, in Delft, Holland. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland Project & Bursary Awards, Beattie will present a new multi-channel film installation at The Hugh Lane Museum which he produced and directed in a film set in Holland working directly with Mondrian’s reconstructed studio. Further info on the development of this new work and its exhibition will be released in 2020.
Beattie has been awarded numerous artist residency programs nationally and internationally. In 2020, he will be artist in residence at The Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) Paris, where he will be continuing the development of the work on Mondrian’s Paris Studio. 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.
Furthermore, and since 2008, Beattie has worked in the visual arts 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.