BEANLAND, Francis [Frank] Charles

1936 - ?

Frank Beanland

Born at Bridlington, Yorkshire on 15 April 1936, son of Ernest Beanland and his wife Kathleen née Green, who married at Bridlington in 1933. Frank was educated at Bridlington School and studied at Hull College of Arts & Crafts 1952-1957 and, after two years of National Service, at the Slade School of Fine Art, London 1959-1961 under Claude Rogers (1907-1970), and a Boise Travelling Scholarship took him to Stockholm, before returning to live in Cornwall. He began exhibiting at Young Contemporaries in 1960 and in 1962, Beanland was invited by a fellow Slade student to join a number of other artists in Porthleven and paint by the harbour, exhibiting under the banner of the 'Porthleven Group'. During this formative period in Porthleven, Beanland became an abstract painter and achieved his first solo show in 1963 at the Drian Gallery, London this was followed by a second in 1965. In 1964 he took up a teaching post at Swansea College of Art, it was at this time he swapped his palette knife for a brush and his 'spot paintings' began to emerge. The building up of surface now consisted of putting a spot at the centre of another spot to give it greater intensity and when these paintings were first shown at the Grabowski Gallery in 1967, Beanland's spot paintings proved popular. Subsequently he developed a good working relationship with Peter Cochrane of Arthur Tooth & Sons where he had three one-man shows between 1969 and 1974 also exhibiting at the London Group and at Gimpel Fils and had a solo exhibition at Smiths Gallery One in 1999. He married at Cirencester, Gloucestershire in 1980, artist Emily Gwyne-Jones [q.v.] and they lived at Poplar Hall, Frostenden near Wangford before moving to Fressingfield, Eye both in Suffolk.

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