Pop Star, 2013
Oil on canvas
Original size: 63 x 48
Photographer: Bartosz Beda
Bartosz Beda’s paintings explore the relation between daily life and human nature. Beda perceives humanity as like 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, he cuts 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 to the UK in 2008 to study at the Manchester School of Art. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2011, he was selected for the 2012 Catlin Art Guide for the most promising emerging artists in the UK, and then progressed onto the Masters programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Recent groups shows include Schools of Art. Voll.3, Oktogon der HfBK Dresden, Germany, 2013; Petty Theft, Launch f18, New York, USA, 2013; Microarte. El tamano si importa, Galeria Liebre, Madrid, Spain, 2012; Head and Whole - Talking Heads, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby, UK, 2012. He has had solo exhibitions in Poland, England and Spain, including a solo exhibition at Galeria Liebre, Madrid in 2013, and has upcoming solo exhibitions in Bogota and Los Angeles. His works are held in private collections throughout Europe, United States, and South Africa.