Thursday, 4 April 2019

Drawn to Paint - Solo Exhibition at 44AD Artspace Bath 2020

Drawn to Paint

Beryl Desmond


Solo Exhibition 




Process and the continuum is the foundation of my practice and my work centres around an exploration of space and structure in the landscape. Through recording my responses in drawing books I develop a visual language that is subsequently expressed through paint and mixed media.


Using a vibrant colour palette, which complements the energy of the mark making, layers are built up on the canvas by painting and repainting until the resulting work sits comfortably between the past and present marks.


The paintings contain enough information to signify the structure and define the space itself. Through expressive painting, the viewer is invited to seek out the subject’s essence rather than look for merely a literal interpretation.


Influences feed into my paintings, which can be seen as a fusion of memory and the actual which sometimes encourage the motif to teeter between reality and abstraction.


This exhibition includes drawings, collages and paintings that show my responses to locations in and around Bristol.


Having graduated from Bath Spa School of Art and Design in 2011 with a First Class Hons. Degree in Fine Art (Painting) I now continue to develop my practice in my studio in the 44AD Artspace.


Moathouse, Bishop's Palace, Wells UK

Moathouse, Bishop's Palace, Wells UK

                                                                     Drawing in sketch book 

                                                             on site at Moathouse, Bishop's palace, Wells

Back to studio after Lockdown


44AD Artspace Bath

June 2020

The results of revisiting work after lockdown

Homage to the Dome 9
19 x 18cm

Homage to the Dome16

Iconic Dome

Homage to the Dome 20
18 x 17cm

Work made for submission to


Alphabet Exhibition 44AD, Bath

The work below was produced in response to the word - FLORA - and entered for the Alphabet Series of Exhibitions being held virtually at 44AD. I decided to work on a textured blackground and worked freely to present the flowers using expressionistic mark making. 

I allowed each painting to take on a life of its own, often supporting the flowers with bold calligraphic marks.





10 December 


The Harbourside Bristol 

Structures and a strong sense of place combine effortlessly at the Harbourside in Bristol proving me with an ideal space in which to create my latest collection of artwork, which includes drawings made on site, collages and paintings.

Structures abound and include the four iconic cargo cranes originally made by Stothert and Pitt in Bath and recently restored. Also the Fairbairn steam crane which sits on Princes Wharf and can be seen working at weekends.  It is recognised by its study banana shape.

In 1999 Pero’s Bridge was built providing the Harbour with a unique Bascule bridge which can be found in St Austine’s Reach.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain has safely returned to Bristol Harbourside and, together with the modern replica of the Matthew, adds maritime history and provides more strong links with the past and the rest of the world.

This Harbourside resonates with its rich colourful history, mixing well with its present day bars, restaurants and Festivals which can be found around the waterfront.

Drawing at the Harbourside, Bristol evolved into the following paintings made using acrylic on paper


Solo Exhibition
 at 44AD Artspace, Bath UK 
April 9th - 14th 2019

This small selection of work in my Exhibition Atmosphere shows my response to drawings made in two locations: the Roman Baths, Bath and St Paul’s Cathedral London.  Through collaging, drawing and painting I have recorded my responses to both structures.

The continuum is the foundation of my practice and this exhibition provides an insight into the process involved and how the work develops – from the initial drawing on site through to the developed paintings. 

Through expressive mark making and a limited but dynamic colour palette the viewer is invited to look for the essence of places rather then to seek a literal interpretation for the artwork.

A Selection of work to be exhibited 

Details of larger paintings

average size 10 x 15cm

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