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Alex Beard: On Camel Safari

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Saturday, 29 October 2016 to Sunday, 6 November 2016
Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 7:00pm

On Camel Safari- on view at New York’s George Billis Gallery from October 29th through November 6th- presents over 15 new drawings and paintings by the abstract wildlife painter Alex Beard. This solo show includes Beard’s most intricate work on paper to date, created while he was immersed in the natural beauty of Northern Kenya with the Mokogodo Maasai. The centerpiece of the exhibition- and title of the New York show- is a rich and complex work that explores themes of cultural and environmental connectivity in which abstraction and figuration collide. 

Beard spent this past summer trekking the terrain on camel safari in Kenya from the Northern end of LEWA to Lekurruki along the Ngare Ndare River, exploring the vast lands and wildlife, which face continual danger from human and environmental threats. Drawing inspiration from the animals, landscape, and the colors around him, he spent numerous hours working and reworking the expansive composition throughout his journey across the remote African plains. The title work is “representative of both the mindset and pace of the environment as well as what I saw, experienced and did,” reveals the artist. 

As with each of his works, On Camel Safari, began with a simple gesture. In this instance, the gesture is the representation of the Ngare Ndare River itself. The pattern of the animals and overlapping lines create a “collage” that emphasizes the circle of life and highlights our universal collective interconnectedness and the joys found in nature. 

The notion of interconnectivity is a common thread in Alex’s life and work as a painter, conservationist and author. His first monograph, A Brush with Nature is an arresting collection of paintings and works on paper is being published by Glitterati early this fall. Award-winning writer Nick Paumgarten, summarizes the work, “Beard's paintings and drawing convey wonder, inspire delight and, one hopes, enlist all of us in the monumental task of protecting this wilderness and its inhabitants, humans or otherwise, from our baser instincts and more diabolical schemes."  


George Billis Gallery
525 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10011

Opening & Book Signing: Saturday, October 29, 7pm – 10pm
Exhibition: Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31 by appointment; 
Tuesday, November 1 - Sunday, November 6, 10am – 6pm

Artist ( Description ): 

American painter and author Alex Beard is best known for his elaborate wildlife compositions created in his signature style of gestural painting, which he calls “Abstract Naturalism.” His travels and exposure to the diverse cultures, colors, and climates of Africa, India, China, the Americas, and Australia have had a profound impact on both his professional and artistic practice.

Inspired by the grass root politics of his father Sam Beard, who – together with Jackie Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr.- founded the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, and by his uncle the highly acclaimed wildlife photographer Peter Beard, who first exposed him to Kenya and its majestic wildlife, Beard established The Watering Hole Foundation, a public charity engaged in saving endangered wildlife and preserving their environments in 2012.

Drawing the Line, Beard's documentary, chronicles the plight of the endangered Wild African Elephant and fuses his artistic talent with his dedication to preservation. In addition to producing a series of short films, he has authored and illustrated a critically acclaimed trilogy of storybooks published by Abrams: Tales from the Watering Hole.

Beard lives and works in New Orleans and his work figures prominently in several private and public collections around the globe. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and also abroad in Hong Kong.

Venue ( Address ): 

George Billis Gallery, 525 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Other shows from Alex Beard

Editions/Artists' Books Fair
11/03/2016 to 11/06/2016
HAZEL: Made in Belfast
Alex Beard: On Camel Safari
10/29/2016 to 11/06/2016


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