Keron Beattie

My work is concerned with fragmentation, remaking, re-connection and wholeness and the potential of materials to interact, change and transform particularly in response to eternal forces such as heat or pressure. Working in this way brings into my work as an artist my experiences of working as a mediator within areas of conflict and disagreement. It is also my response, as an artist, to a world which feels increasingly fragmented and damaged and through which I create a hope of order, or at least briefly held chaos.

Keron Beattie has a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Art and Design (2016) and a MA Fine Art with Distinction (2018). Working on a predominantly small scale, together with using found or recycled objects and materials, not only keeps his carbon footprint as low as possible but working small also encourages careful looking (and holding); the discovery of layers, of time recorded in the work.  

Working by hand and using traditional tools and techniques, a process which, for Keron, links past present and future as the new work emerges. The slower process of hand working encourages a way of seeing and then re-seeing the materials and allows new ideas and forms to emerge in a reflective dialogue with the materials; a key part of his practice.  

In his most recent creative endeavours, Keron is working to understanding how traditional jewellery making materials, processes and forms can inform and influence some of his small sculptural works.

Beattie has seen success, exhibiting widely across Norfolk and the rest of the country as well as further afield in Italy in shows such as those at Houghton Hall, Norfolk and the Mall galleries London (2019). Keron also won our Fairhurst Gallery MA prize for his MA work and has since exhibited with us in our group Christmas shows and in a solo showcase held at Woolf & Social.