John Beard’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is held in the collections of major gallery museums and institutions.
Beard has had a distinguished teaching career throughout England and Australia co-producing and appearing in a series of programmes for BBC television in the UK, before arriving in Western Australia in 1983 to become Head of Fine Art, at Curtin University, Perth. In 1989. he resigned from teaching in order to devote his full attention to his practice, Beard traveled extensively, living and exhibiting in New York, Madrid, Lisbon and London before establishing a Sydney base in 1997.
William Wright on John Beard’s work:
“Beard’s art is consistently subject to the transforming rigour of a perceptually intensive, intuitive working regimen: The painting’s surface both enables and embodies feeling. It is the place and source of contemplation; its site of existence. Beard’s work often exists on the imaginary cusp between what is and isn’t manifest, a fugitive zone”.
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