Peta-Claire Beale


Peta-Claire Beale (1986, London, United Kingdom) is a printmaker, designer, and illustrator. Her works are often classified as part of the new romantic movement reflecting a desire for the local in the globalised world. By referencing romanticism and symbolism, she approaches subjects in a multi-layered way to involve the viewer. By choosing mainly formal solutions, she guides the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Her works directly respond to the environment using personal experiences from the artist as a starting point. By studying semiotics, signification, and communication, she creates recognizable elements in a situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and must reconsider their position. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama to clarify our existence and to find the poetic meaning in everyday life. By emphasising aesthetics, she creates work through labour-intensive processes which can be seen explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual. They are inspired by a nineteenth century tradition of works, in which an ideal of “Fulfilled Absence” was seen as the pinnacle. These works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. Peta-Claire currently lives and works in Weybridge, Surrey.