Lot 340 - Bea Denton - Out of Darkness iii
Digital Print on Hahnemühle
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso
Bea Denton’s practice explores ideas around death and loss, faith and ritual. Photography, printmaking, found materials and lost images are intrinsic to her creative process. Pushing the boundaries of the technical and physical limitations of photography, her work transcends its realist conventions to achieve a deeper resonance. Denton is a collector and archivist of anonymous lives, departed and reincarnated, in pursuit of an essence in the image: the 'soul'. In her examination of faith and death, Denton attempts to find meaning and dimension through the imprint of time, light and phenomena. In a circuitous process, found images are penetrated, interrogated and excavated through alternate layers of photography, projection, recaptured from the lens of a Camera Obscura, from there back to photography and finally to print. The resulting enigmatic, dislocated images challenge a traditional idea of photography as a faithful record of reality, and instead explore the nature of perception, belief and memory.
Denton graduated from UAL with Distinction in MA Fine Art Printmaking.
She has exhibited widely, including publicly-sited work. She won the 2009 Creekside Open prize selected by Jenni Lomax; the 2007 Deptford X MacDonald Egan Award for Public Art, and the 2002 Ardizzone Prize (Major) for Printmaking. Denton has taught at AUB, UAL and in Brazil and China, and is a Trustee for Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN). www.beadenton.com / Instagram: Bea_Denton_Art MA Fine Art Printmaking (Distinction) / University of the Arts LondonSelected Exhibitions 2020 A Personal Perspective curated by Liz May / APT Gallery, London RA Summer/Winter Exhibition 2020 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair National Brain Appeal – Everyday Things 2019 Creekside Open 2019 curated by Sacha Craddock RA Summer Exhibition 2019 National Brain Appeal – A Letter in Mind 2018 RE Masters / Bankside Gallery, London 2016 Ladies and Gentlemen / The Bawden Kingston tile project / Kingston Guildhall and Morley College 2014 PBA Gallery / Featured Artist / London 2012 Occupy My Time / Past and Present RA Summer Exhibition 2012 2009 Creekside Open 2009 selected by Jenni Lomax (Award winner) 2008 Cupboard Love / Site specific work / Greenwich Foot Tunnel (south side), London Electric Blue / Bargehouse Gallery (Oxo Tower), London RA Summer Exhibition 2008 2007 Via Dolorosa / site specific installation / Ha’Penny Hatch Bridge, Deptford (Winner - McDonald Egan Award for Public Art) 100% Glass / Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham On Earth as it is... / Solo show / Bearspace and Renewal Gallery, London 2006 WhereNow / Six of One group of artists / APT Gallery, London 2005 Sculpture in Gardens / Godington House, Kent 2004 Glass Inspiration / British Glass / Burgdorf, Switzerland Where / Six of One group of artists / The Menier Gallery, London British Glass Biennale / International Festival of Glass Challenge the Nail / Salon Des Arts, London 2003 Art in Heaven / The Meeting House, Sussex University Campus Prints inspired by Poetry / 20:21 Visual Arts Centre, N. Lincolnshire Impact 2003 / Do-Don’t/Can-Can’t Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town / Rhodes University School of Fine Art, South Africa 2001 Imagining the body; The Figure as a container of experience / Kala Bhavana, Shantiniketan India, The National Art School Sydney Australia and Camberwell College of Art Awards 2002 The Ardizzone Prize (Major) for Printmaking 2007 The MacDonald Egan Award for Public Art (Via Dolorosa) 2009 Creekside Open 2009 Prize selected and awarded by Jenni Lomax Teaching 2019 Head of School, Preparation for Higher Education, Arts University Bournemouth 2018 Programme Leader, FE Programmes / Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas, Brazil 2017 Curriculum Coordinator / Pathway Leader (Fine Art) Central Saint Martins.
About the postcard artworks
In this work for Art On A Postcard, I have considered resilience inherent in women, exemplified by The Virgin Mary, whose part in the birth of Christ was distinguished by steadfastness, strength, grief and absolute faith. The ephemeral shadow of her stone effigy captured by half-light alludes to these characteristics of resilience; an image revealed by the brilliance of light seeping into darkness, and fixing its place in the soul."