Loose Ends

Basil Beattie (1935 - )

Oil and wax on cotton duck

1998

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  • About the work

    "Loose Ends" seems to occupy a middle ground between abstraction and figuration. It is composed of a series of motifs showing tunnels and corridors, set out in a linear fashion. The sense of depth suggested by the recession of the passages and doorways is negated by the fact that they lead only to the surface of the painting. Beattie's interest in organising his paintings around compartmentalised sections began in the mid 1980s, when he had to substitute a group of drawings for a larger painting in an exhibition. The title does not refer directly to anything within the work, but was chosen for what Beattie calls its "poetic connection".

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    Title
    Loose Ends
    Date
    1998
    Medium
    Oil and wax on cotton duck
    Dimensions
    height: 213.50 cm, width: 198.20 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the artist, November 2000
    Inscription
    verso, on canvas: Basil Beattie / Loose Ends - 1998 - 7 x 6'6" / Oil & Wax; verso, on stretcher: LOOSE ENDS / 1998 / BASIL BEATTIE / LOOSE ENDS / OIL & WAX
    Provenance
    the artist
    GAC number
    17516