JAN2019/PAUL BEUMER

 

PAUL BEUMER'S PAINTERLY PRACTICE OSCILLATES FREELY BETWEEN FIGURATION AND ABSTRACTION, BUT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS GAINED A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON THE RELATIONSHIP AND DICHOTOMIES BETWEEN WESTERN AND ASIAN APPROACHES TO LANDSCAPE PAINTING AND NATURE. STEERING AWAY FROM THE CONVENTIONS OF THE BRUSH AND CANVAS HIS WORKS ARE MADE ON A VARIATION OF LOOSE CLOTHS. HE ENGAGES INK OR CHLORINE AND MANUAL RESIST-DYEING TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE ABSTRACT PATTERNS THAT FEEL LIKE FAINT MEMORIES OF WESTERN HIGH MODERNISM IN THAT ALLOW FOR DOUBT, FAILURE AND CHANCE.

 

PAUL BEUMER RECEIVED HIS BFA FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART IN THE HAGUE AND COMPLETED A TWO-YEAR RESIDENCY AT THE RIJSKAKADEMIE VAN BEELDENDE KUNSTEN IN AMSTERDAM. AFTER COMPLETING HIS RESIDENCY AT 16/16, HE WILL ATTEND ANOTHER RESIDENCY AT SCHOOLHOUSE IN MUTIANYU, CHINA. RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE HE WANTED KISSES, BUT ALL HE GOT WAS ANALYTICAL ANECDOTES AND PHILOSOPHIC EPIGRAMS AT HANDSCAPE IN TAIPEI, THE MESSAGE OF THE FLOWER IS THE FLOWER AT DURST BRITT & MAYHEW, PAINT WIDE MOUTH WHITE AT QINGYUN INTERNATIONAL ART CENTRE IN BEIJING, IN THE SHADE OF THE ELMS AND WILLOWS, MY FRIENDS DRINK UNTIL THEY ARE INSPIRED AT GOETHE PAVILION, PALAIS SCHARDT IN WEIMAR AND TOMORROW'S HARVEST AT BOSSE & BAUM IN LONDON. HE PARTICIPATED IN MAJOR GROUP EXHIBITION AT MUSEUM HE VALKHOF IN NJIMEGEN, MUSEUM KRANENBURGH IN BERGEN, MUSEUM DE PAVILJOENS IN ALMERE AND THE GEMEENTEMUSEUM IN THE HAGUE. 

 

WORK BY BEUMER IS HELD IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS, INCLUDING AKZO NOBEL ART FOUNDATION, AMSTERDAM; THE ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTRE ART COLLECTION, AMSTERDAM; TE COLLECTION OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF LAW, AMSTERDAM; THE KRC COLLECTION, VOORSCHOTEN, NETHERLANDS. IN 2009 BEUMER RECEIVED A NOMINATION FOR THE ROYAL AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY PAINTING.