<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> Sarah Beckett Biography

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British born artist-poet  Sarah Beckett lives in Trinidad and held her first exhibition in Trinidad in 1970.  She was educated in France (Universite d’Angers, Ecole des Beau Arts Fontainbleau)  and England  (Byam Shaw School of Painting, St Martin’s College of Art, Chelsea  College of Art). She is a Director of the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago Art Society

 

Painting
Artist Statement
Anchored in the physical reality of my life, the work grows out of what stands before my eyes to span the distances between the pure abstraction of light and the vivid silences of scarlet, viridian,  cerulean…. 

“Everywhere I turn I am breathing rain, drinking light on this island sailing between sea and sky.”
Each painting is another step  on this journey of discovery exploring my own amazement –  waking  into a dawn the size of heaven;  walking through green cloisters that open into a dazzle of blue and gold, learning the language of Love Vines and Immortelle.

“The world leans towards me and I enter a house that stands in my heart, perfumed with the green psalms of earth, a blue calm arced over Bois Cano and birdsong..”.

She is currently preparing  for a one woman exhibition at the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago,, Destiny & Desire

Beckett has exhibited extensively in the Caribbean, the UK, Holland ,Italy, the Far East and the USA.

2015 The High Commission of Australia hosted an exhibition of her work in Belgrade, Serbia

The Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Kamala Persaud-Bissessar chose two of Beckett’s paintings to be presented as a gift to Nicolas Maduro , The  President of Venezuela .

2014 :  Retrospective, Wings of Desire  covering forty five years of painting , at Horizons Art Gallery in Trinidad.

 

Her work was displayed on the Oval Walls & The Hyatt Waterfront as part of  The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago’s  initiative, Taking Art onto the Street. She represented Trinidad in the Carifesta  exhibtion 2007 & the  Cocoa Cola exhibition in Atlanta, USA.

Her work is featured in American International Contemporary Artists Volume IX, 2014, & Volume XI 2016 available on Amazon, and in the First Berliners’ Art Book, Germany 2016.

One woman exhibitions include

2016

Miniature Oil Paintings

B3 Gallery, The Normandie,Trinidad

2015

Geography is the space between us
Sweet, Sweet Trinidad

Australian High Commission,  Serbia
Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago

2014

Wings of Desire, Retrospective

Horizons Art Galley Trinidad

2013

La Bella Vita

Horizons Art Galley Trinidad

2012

Beckett at Horizons

Horizons Art Galley Trinidad

2011

Ortinola Variations

The Y Art Gallery and Framing

2009

Beckett at In2Art

In2Art Gallery

2008

Beckett at In2Art

In2Art Gallery

2007

Rhapsody in Red

Tides Gallery Barbados

2007

Like an Angel's Wing

The Normandie Hotel, Trinidad

The Umana Yana Arts Centre, Guyana

Horsborough Gallery, London

2006

Across a Crowded Room

à la Bastille Restaurant, Trinidad

2005

Trinidad Symphony in Blue Minor II

Horizons Art Galley Trinidad

 

 

The Cox & Co Galerie, Amsterdam

2004

Angel on the Hypotenuse

Atrium Gallery, Dere St. Trinidad

2003

The Magician’s Sleeves

The Fire Station & Atrium at Guardian Life Trinidad

2002

Gimme Shelter

101 Art Gallery Trinidad

2000

Dreaming in Trinidad

101 Art Gallery Trinidad

1997

Cathedrals of Silence

Sewell Gallery Oxford UK

 

 

101 Art Gallery Trinidad

1994

Blue

Harvey’s Café Gallery London UK

1992

Trailoing Clouds of Trinidad

101 Art Gallery, Trinidad

1991

101 Art Gallery

Trinidad

1990

Art Affairs Gallery

Singapore

1989

Fattoria la Terraza

Italy

 

E & O Gallery

Penang

1988

Christopher Hull Gallery

London, UK

 

Art Affairs Gallery

Singapore

1986

Christopher Hull Gallery

London, UK

1983

Kappa Galerie

Amsterdam

 

The People's Gallery

London, UK

1982

The Church Gallery

London, UK

1980

Queensgate Hotel

London, UK

1971

The Six

Bishop Anstey's, Trinidad

1970

Bank of Nova Scotia

Trinidad

Publications

2016

First Berliner Art Book (Germany)
International Contemporary Artists Volume XI USA

2014

International  Contemporary  Artists  Volume IX.  Published USA

2010

Caribbean Beat

2008

Maco Magazine.
              The Bijou Collection 2008,
              ‘If you iron is good you is king’

2006

The Shelter Calendar 2004
The Magicians Sleeves Calendar

2000

Trinidad and Tobago Postal Service Christmas Stamps

1998

The Amoco Art Collection Book
The Women Artist’s Diary

FILM
Beckett has made two films.
2005 - 2008     Alabaster Moon:  an Educative Documentary 
                        premiered at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2008.
2006                Like an Angel's Wing

POETRY  Publications
2015    Poems for a Liminal Age. SPM Publications UK
2014    Poet of the Month Caught in the Net UK
           Malaleuca Australia
2012    Maco Magazine  Trinidad
           Poet of the Week Poetry Kit  UK


Readings:
2016    Readings from Geography is the space between us Bocas Lit Fest '16,Trinidad
2016    Poems for a Liminal Age UK
2015    Homage a Camus  - Alliance Francaise, Trinidad with Frances de la Tour
2014    Homage a Camus - Zazou French Bistro Trinidad 
           Cloud Country  - Paper Based Bookshop Trinidad
           Wings of Desire  - Horizons Art Gallery
2013    Paper Based Book Shop,Trinidad
           Horizons Art Gallery, Trinidad
2012    The Hearts Calligraphy – Horizons Art Gallery


Creative Outreach & Voluntary Work in Trinidad
For many years she helped raise funds for the NGO , The Cotton Tree Foundation through the sale of her paintings, and designed a Creative Outreach Program for the Cotton Tree Foundation which won the Soca BPTT 2006 Award.

While on the Faculty of The Foundation for Human Development she conducted The Still Point Workshops. She has also donated her paintings to many other charitable organizations and NGO’s to help them raise funds for community initiatives.  

2005 - 2012
Beckett founded and was Creative Director of Trinidad Quartet Productions, a non-profit organization dedicated to Creative Outreach Programs for Trinidad NGOs and also promotion of the Arts of Trinidad and Tobago internationally through multi arts events held here, Guyana, Amsterdam and London.

2001 – 2005
Beckett and the late classical pianist John Vanneste formed Polyphony, a creative alliance exploring the relationship between art and music as an educative initiative.  They produced five events in Trinidad during that time.

1994 – 1995
Beckett in collaboration with theatre director George Byatt of Theatre PKF, ran the Engine Room, providing a forum for multi-arts creative events.. They featured among their productions, Poems of Lorca and Classical Spanish Guitar. The Death of the Maiden by Dario Fo, and Rapso poems by Grenadian poet Malik de Coteau.

1988 – 1990
She was sponsored by the German DC (Asia) bank to paint, exhibit and conduct workshops in Singapore and Malaysia

1982 -  1988
She worked at the Ethnic Minorities Unit of the GLC where she was responsible for creative events promoting Caribbean artists in London culminating in an exhibition at the South Bank. Beckett  designed and produced children’s  Carnival Bands for St Mary of the Angels church at the Notting Hill Gate Carnival.

Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society

 

Public Collections include
Amoco (now BPTT)
Barclay’s Bank
Fitzwilliam Stone Furness Smith and Morgan,
Guardian Life,
LNG Trinidad
Neil and Massey. 
Pollonais Blanc de la Bastide & Jacelyn.
Sagicor
The National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago,
The Labour Museum London

 

 

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