Crooked | Oil on Wood Panel | 40 x 30 cm | 2014
Artist Statement: My paintings explore the relation between daily life and human nature. I perceive humanity as a chocolate cake, where beneath the ‘iced’ surface lies those more intriguing and challenging mixtures, with fears and social pathology. Through the application and process of painting, I cut a piece of that cake to explore the nature of these problems. Simple yet powerful gestural strokes and mark-making search and re-investigate solutions to bring these hidden depths to the surface.
Born in Poland in 1984, Bartosz Beda relocated himself to the UK in 2008. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2011, he was selected for the 2012 Catlin Art Guide for most promising emerging artists in the UK, and soon progressed onto the Masters program at Manchester Metropolitan University. Beda has been short-listed for the Title Art Prize, the Door Prize, and the Saatchi New Sensations 2012, and won the esteemed Torwy Award for the Best of the North of England in 2012. He was awarded for a six-month scholarship between Manchester Metropolitan University and Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany, in 2012/13. He has participated in many group shows: Schools of Art Vol.3, HfBK Dresden, Germany, 2013; Petty Theft, Launch f18, New York, USA, 2013; Microarte, Galeria Liebre, Madrid, Spain, 2012. He had solo shows at Liebre Gallery in Spain, 2013; BAC in Colombia, 2014; The Studios in England; Minan Gallery in 2015. Beda has worked in two movie productions, Ichthis by Marek Skrobecki (2005) and Peter and the Wolf by Suzieh Tempelton (2006), which received the Oscar Prize in 2007. He was mentioned as a “one to watch” at BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.