Today we’d like to introduce you to Edie Beaucage.
Edie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
First off, I was not destined to become a painter. My father revered accountants and while he was preaching to me that all artists where poor and eating potatoes and macaroni for the rest of their lives; he would proudly hang all over his office; my fresh paintings. Turns out I actually love pasta!
The most important action I took regarding art was to take the Landmark Forum! I wanted to do a master in fine arts but I was really scared of group critique and for years I was held back because of that fear. The Forum made this fear disappear and I sign up for my MFA the following week. I graduated in 2010 from Otis College of Art. And group critique was my favorite part of the program.
I move from Montreal to Los Angeles in 1995 because I saw the amazing work being shown in Galleries at the time and I thought it was the place to be for a painter. LA won over London, New York, and Cologne. I was right because LA is the best production platform today.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Lately, I have been thinking of 1 minute short stories when I paint. I want to know who the character is, what is she doing and that she is being herself. I am interested in finding an emotional value to the portrait; then I feel the character has landed. It’s similar to finding the right tone when you play music. My work can range from emotional loss and fragility to bravura and extravagant characters. It is all improvisation and it varies with my mood.
I love to be active and moving while I paint. I want to play with thick brush stokes and material build up or in other area of the canvas use transparencies. I am interested in dynamic spaces for the characters, I want them to be surrounded by a painted abstract environment. I see the portraits as private spaces and the landscapes as spacial social spaces.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
LA is THE place to be for painters today! A secret: you might still need an MFA to get into the galleries circuit, The art schools here have stellar faculty: Otis, UCLA, Cal Arts, and Art Center are creating about 100 talented MFA graduates every year. I think it would be great if each school had as many scholarships as possible to accept artists from everywhere and become more affordable. How about Snap Chat, Instagram and Google sponsoring scholarships all over town? I suggested in a meeting for the future of Santa Monica Airport (who will be transformed in a few years into a new type of Industrial/Art Park) that the major art schools could sponsor studio spaces available for grads for two years after graduation to get them started. More artists residencies spaces would be a great way to encourage artists in Los Angeles.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am represented by Luis De Jesus gallery in LA. My work is in the collection of CAA, Creative Artist Agency in LA and it was shown by Luis De Jesus at Untitled Miami Art Fair, Toronto Art Fair, and Volta NY Art Fair. I have an upcoming public project in Baltimore at the Harbor Park Garage and a solo show in the works.
- Website: https://www.ediebeaucage.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ediebeaucage/
- Other: https://www.luisdejesus.com
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