Epoh Beech studied as a fine artist in Florence, at Cheltenham Art School and Chelsea College of Art. She has an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire and works out of the ACAVA studios in West London.

She has completed five major series of works, each follow a journey, tell a story, illustrate a particular poem or Jacobean “Masque”. Each has been exhibited in either London or Oxford. The work is strongly influenced by the narrative force and the quest for the sublime through the balance of colour and light most evident in the work of 15th Italian Renaissance and German Romantic painters.

The recent series in animated drawing explores the relationship between still images, moving images and music. Beech hand draws the animations in charcoal on paper using a palimpsest technique, inspired by the animations of William Kentridge. The depiction of darkness and black found in the etchings of Goya and Samuel Palmer, the drawings of George Seurat and the films of Lotte Reineger have greatly informed her practice.

With the great debts to the writings of Marsilio Ficino, J.W. Goethe, Carl Jung and Peter Dawkins, the series explores the use of symbolic narrative and colour. Each work in these series examines the internal world and the transformative journey of the unconscious.

 

Solo Shows

2014 Kunst Telpost – Residency Exhibition, Millingen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands.
2010 The Marriage of the Thames and the Rhine: The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London E2
2004 The Rhine, a journey from the Source: Tom Faulkner, London EC1
2002 Santiago de Compostella Frescos: Tom Faulkner, London EC1
1998 The Phoenix and the Turtle: Oxford University Press, Oxford
1993 Tibet: a Plea for Peace: Turtle Key Arts Centre, London SW6
1992 New Work: The Studio Gallery Glebe Place, London SW3 Sponsored by T. Agnew

Animation and Film Festival Screenings

“The Marriage of the Thames and The Rhine” (hand drawn animation, 5 minutes, 2010)

2014 Kunst Telpost – Residency Exhibition, Millingen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands.
2013 “The Creative Art of Pilgrimage” The Gatekeeper Trust Weekend Conference , Pewsey, Wiltshire. Screening accompanied by I hour talk.
2013 The Hackwoood Art Festival, Hampshire, UK
2011 Bootleg International Film Festival London
2011 “Animfest “Athens International Film Festival, Greece
2011 Dragon Award For New Talent, Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden
, (shortlisted)
2010 Portobello Film Festival, ‘Animation Evenings’ at the Pop up Cinema, London W11 (nominated for Best Animation)

Group Shows

2013 The Hackwoood Art Festival, Hampshire, UK
2012 Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Group Show, Hampshire, UK
1998-2014 ACAVA Open Studios London W10 (annual)
1993 People and Places: Gagliardi Gallery, London SW3
1993 Wisdom and Compassion: Royal Academy, Milbank, London SW1

Awards

2014 Kunst Telpost – Millingen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands – Residency
2011 Arts Grant Award from The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for “The Masque of Blackness”
2010 Portobello Film Festival, “The Marriage of the Thames and the Rhine” nominated for Best Animation 2010
2006 Milchhof e.V. Art Group – Milchhof Studios Berlin- Residency