The experimental portraits of Carl Beazley
Seeking to create a certain atmosphere or feeling that the viewer can hold on to as a unique experience and memory, U.K based self-taught artist Carl Beazley experiments with portraiture to reveal the singularity of each human being, a complex personality captured in a simple gesture that excites and fascinates as it hides emotion and meaning, happiness and sorrow, the emergence of unpredictable connections with the other and the world, or the rise of an inner conflict, a silent storm sometimes invisible on the outside.
The face is distorted to escape the standards of reality and challenge our perceptions to go beyond appearance inside the mind of these restless characters living their revolution or moment of rediscovery, of struggle and hazard, of delirium and detachment. Multiple states are highlighted through repetition, insertion or mutilation of elements that generate a stunning instant effect.
The paintings show the process of a metamorphosis that despite its surreal visual power, feels extremely honest and real, part of a continuously changing present that we both control and obey. Brought to our reach, the subconscious acts as a film in which some are actors, others remain spectators, and each benefit from the extraordinary scenery before them.
‘The 4th Option’, 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
‘Polygon Perspectives’, 2016, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
‘Only Revolutions’, 2015, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm
‘Self Portrait 2: The Interior Alarm, When the Exterior’s Calm’, 2013, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
‘Figure. 2.’, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
‘Self Portrait 3: Train of Thought / Choking Hazard’, 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Images © Carl Beazley