Claire Beausein

Biography

Claire Beausein is a contemporary Australian Artist who works across several media including handmade paper, assemblage, oil on canvas and sculpture. She has lived and worked in the remote town of Broome in Western Australia for over twenty years. Her work is abstract, landscape based and often explores a sense of place. Beausein has exhibited widely, with over twenty solo exhibitions in Broome, Perth and Sydney. She has won numerous awards, including being the overall winner of the Kimberley Art Prize and the Shinju Art Award. In 2012 she won a mid-career fellowship and a residency with both the Paper Mill and the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland, where she then presented a solo exhibition. In 2015Beausein won a development grant and a residency with the Awagami Washi Paper Factory in Japan.

Solo Exhibitions

2014
'Watermark' markings of nature

Linton and Kay Galleries, Subiaco, Perth, WA

2013
'Reef Matrix'

Linton and Kay Galleries, St, Georges Tce, Perth, WA

2012
'Still Life'

Museum of Natural History, Basel, Switzerland

2011
'Beloved'

ARTspace7, Broome. WA

2009
Oper-Arte’ 2009

ARTspace7, Broome, WA

2007
‘The River’

Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2007
‘Artopia’

ARTspace7, Broome, WA

2006
‘Claire Beausein - New Works’

The Bay Gallery, Broome, WA

2006
‘Focus on Claire Beausein’

Gecko Gallery, Broome, WA

2005
‘EON elements of north’

Main Gallery, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

2005
‘Moire Coast’

Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2005
‘Elements of North’

Pearler's Row Gallery, Broome, WA

2004
‘Pindan Country’

Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2004
'Claire Beausein'

Monsoon Gallery, Broome, WA

2003
'Jazz Collection'

Broome Music and Arts Festival, Broome, WA

2003
‘Silent Echo’ recent works by Claire Beausein

Short Street Gallery , Broome, WA

2002
'Undercurrent'

Monsoon Gallery, Broome, WA

2001
Claire Beausein - Recent Works

Alta Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Awards

2013
Works on Paper

Shinju Art Awards

2013
Best Non-Indigenous

Hedland Art Awards

2010
Overall Winner

Shinju Art Awards

2010
Best 3D Work

Hedland Art Awards

2009
Overall Winner

Shinju Art Awards

2009
Best 3D Work

Hedland Art Awards

2009
Mixed Media

Kimberley Art Prize

2009
Oil/Acrylic

Kimberley art Prize

2008
Overall Winner

Kimberley Art Prize

2007
People’s Choice

Shinju Art Awards

Galleries

Linton and Kay Galleries Perth

Residencies

2015
Awagami Factory, Japan

Summer Workshop learning the traditional art of washi papermaking, Indigo dyeing, Itajime, and bookbinding. Residency experimenting with different techniques, fibres and dyes.

2012
Basel paper Mill, Switzerland

Learning traditional cotton papermaking, Experimenting with the media to produce a body of work for exhibition at the Basel Natural History Museum

2012
Natural History Museum, Basel, Switzerland

Four Month Residency researching natural history, museum categorising and archiving, concepts and techniques.

Artist Statement

For me there is a bounty of metaphors and meanings found in Nature and reflected in the Landscape. I translate my response into artworks that are in essence abstract. Working across a range of media: hand formed paper, assemblage, oil on canvas and sculpture, I explore the sensuality of the organic, my work speaks of transience, memory and relationship.