Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art
Basil Beattie - (Indistinctly Titled)

Basil Beattie (b.1935)

(Indistinctly Titled) 1986

Oil on board; 28 x 43 cms

Frame: 31 x 46 cms
Signed, titled and dated on reverse

This painting is signed, titled and dated by Basil Beattie on the reverse and is consistent with the artists work of the period. Interestingly, however, the painting is also signed with the initials G.A. on the bottom edge of the image, consistent with the initialling style of Gillian Ayers seen in other works. The two artists, born in the 1930s and both significantly influenced by Abstract Expressionism, exhibited together more than once in the 1980s, most notably in the Hayward Annual of 1980. Although almost certainly solely the work of Beattie, it is curious that the painting should also appear to bear Ayres initials.