BETH RADFORD
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Artist Statement

I have always been curious about the relationship between order and beauty. The natural world is intricately ordered, full of pattern and progression, symmetry and sequence, repetition and replication. Yet it is also chaotic and unpredictable due to the incalculable number of influences and interactions that affect existence. My paintings always begin with a highly structured pattern, most recently I have endeavoured to create patterns that imply movement and fluidity. These patterns are coloured in such a way as to heighten their kinetic effect.

In approaching my work I first devise simple systematic strategies in order to create a geometric framework that is complicated and intriguing. Inventing these systems is an intellectual challenge and requires a methodical approach to trying different permutations and variations. I then experiment with colour. The colouring process is instinctive and exciting. Even within the confines of the grid the possibilities are overwhelming. I tend towards patterns in my colouring, but often I will apply techniques of chance or even include mistakes. Colouring adds joy and surprise, intention and accident to what would otherwise be highly ordered and logical configurations.

Although I want to invite intellectual involvement in my work—for the viewer to puzzle over the composition and construction, to question the relationship between shapes and the interactions of the colours—these works are not only conceptual, they are emotional and personal. They are influenced by factors deliberate and unconscious, by what I feel and the things I have been looking at. I love making them, the process of painting, of seeing the idea come into existence, the inevitable imperfections, the way the colours make me feel.


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Painting Process

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Representation

 
 

Belen Moreno, New York

Belen Moreno represents Beth Radford in the Americas. She is an art consultant, independent curator and artist representative based in New York. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College in Theatre Arts, and a B.S. in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Based in New York; she has lived between New York, Florida, Latin America and Europe. She has worked for Sothebys, Roche-Bobois, Grange, Romanza Interior Design and served as a Cultural Attachée to Switzerland, in addition to the international promotion of emerging and known artists’ work.

https://www.artsy.net/belen-moreno-studio

 
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David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New York

David Richard Gallery specializes in Postwar and Contemporary abstract art and features geometric, Op, Pop, color field, minimal and gestural abstraction.

https://www.davidrichardgallery.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=462

 
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Traffic Jam Gallery, Sydney

Traffic Jam Gallery is currently in two prestigious locations on the lower North Shore of Sydney. With a focus on presenting innovative and progressive works from a select group of emerging and established contemporary artists the gallery has up to ten curated shows a year.

https://www.trafficjamgalleries.com/Beth-Radford


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Geoform

Geoform is an online scholarly resource and curatorial project whose focus is the use of geometric form and structure in contemporary abstract art being made by artists from around the world.

Geoform explores, documents and celebrates the rich diversity of style and aesthetic intent that characterizes this broad vein of contemporary non-objective abstraction. Such diversity attests to the profound resonance that geometric form and structure have had for people across time and place.

Geoform is edited by Julie Karabenick (juliekarabenick.com). It has been online since May, 2005.

https://geoform.net/artists/elizabeth-radford/