John Beech’s work continues to provide commentary on minimalist belief systems and the sanctity of High Art practice. Introducing elements of utility (wheels, ball bearings, construction materials) to his own monochrome abstract sculpture, he brings purist shapes and surfaces back down to earth. Although, for the most part, spoofing modernist purity, his works retain a pleasing formality and visceral elegance.
John Beech is a British-born American who studied art at UC Berkeley and has lived and worked in New York since 1996. In the last four years, he has had solo exhibitions in the US, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Japan. He is a recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1999), The Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence, Marfa, Texas (1998), and the SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (1992). Works by Beech are represented in the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum, and Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland, among others. The gallery has shown Beech’s work since 1989.