Chuck Beamish: Tracking North

16 January - 1 February 2020

My aim is to convey the interconnection of dynamic networks: wind, light, temperature, and colour.For me landscape painting is hunting and fishing with visual tools to capture the essence of place and the phenomena of experience.The technology of painting predates that of fire, yet it can hold an instant eternally. -Chuck Beamish

United Contemporary is excited to present Tracking North, an exhibition of plein air and studio landscape paintings by Chuck Beamish, co-curated by Stefan Berg and Burke Paterson.


Chuck Beamish’s professional practice as an artist has been strongly influenced by his work as an architect and designer.


Currently Beamish’s work has been structured to investigate the seams between painting, sculpture and architecture: to study the potential for three-dimensionality within painting that provides actual and implied spatial experiences. This work in turn has influenced the way he sees and depicts the experience of being north.


Beamish had worked in Algonquin Park in his youth and continues to travel and camp throughout the interior of the park and parts of Northern Ontario via canoe and ski.

Beamish’s professional output has always been focused on the act of making and influencing space. As an architect he designed and managed a variety of large scale construction projects across Ontario. On a smaller scale Beamish has designed and built cedar strip canoes.





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