Sketchbook Circle: Curated by Cally Trench

Beverley Matchette-Downes

Partridges by Beverley Matchette-Downes
Beverley Matchette-Downes, Partridges, 2006
Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm
Salmon 1 by Beverley Matchette-Downes
Beverley Matchette-Downes, Salmon 1, 2006
Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm

Beverley Matchette-Downes is a painter. Until recently, her studio practice focused on contemporary portraiture, which was usually drawn from photographic source material. However, Beverley's new work explores working from 'life' as her source material, which has resulted in a series of dead animal paintings.

Beverley writes: 'The French term nature morte is probably a more appropriate description than still life of my current enquiry in painting. Working from 'life', ie something I can actually see in the studio, as opposed to imagined or photographic source material, has allowed me to exploit the lustrous and expressive qualities of oil paint. There are inherent difficulties imposed by working from life; however, it can also allow freedom in interpretation in terms of pictorial space and composition.

'Themes of death, beauty and a sombre sensuality run throughout the paintings, which I intend to act as metaphors for the fragile and transient nature of existence.'

Beverley graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe in 2007.

Beverley Matchette-Downes's website.

Beverley shared sketchbooks with Helen Price and Susan Burton.

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