Artist of the Month: Bea Garding Schubert

We are delighted to introduce November’s Artist of the Month, Bea Garding Schubert. Bea is a German artist living and working between her home country and Spain.

Bea creates abstract artworks driven by the idea of inspiring hope and happiness in the viewer with windows, birds, landscapes and infinite imaginary worlds emerging from the canvas together with hidden written messages inspired by song and story. Bea has exhibited her work around the globe, from New York to Beijing. The German embassy in Athens also holds a number of her paintings. ARTIQ Head of Arts, Helen Buckley met Bea when attending Art Berlin earlier this year and soon visited her in her Berlin studio.

We sat down with Bea to find out more about her work and influences, from medium and music to location, as she creates her work in different countries throughout the year. Read the interview in full below and catch Bea taking over the ARTIQ Instagram channel from the 26th – 30th November as we get an exclusive look behind the scenes of her ideas, inspiration and work in progress. Follow ARTIQgram for more

Take us through the lifespan of creating a work of art
First, I let fluid acrylic colour flow while rotating the canvas. Once the drying process is complete, I add another layer of fluid colour and repeat this technique for a couple of days. This method allows me to achieve a unique level of transparency and intensity. On top of these layers, I add gestural writing using soft pastels and watercolour pencils and create colour-shaping effects with expressive thick brush strokes and transparent spray paint to balance my artwork.

What artists have influenced your practice?
Joan Mitchell, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko

How do you see your art as a part of our society?
I have made a clear decision: to create art, for me, is power and confidence. My paintings should be a carrier of hope. How does an artist handle the unpleasantness the world sometimes brings? Showing it is one possibility or making it even more unpleasant than it is another. I decide to show beauty and hope. My latest series home is talking about hope, trust, confidence, feeling home. Birds are symbolizing freedom and perspective.

What art do you, or would you, collect?
Gerhard Richter

Has any place or environment affected your work?
The place I am in always changes the artwork. I work and live in Germany in the summer and in wintertime I move to my studio in Spain. The Mediterranean light and climate affects the colours and themes in my work. Everything gets brighter and softer.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Creating art 😉 it is absolutely essential for me.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love jogging (this year I have already completed a half marathon in Amsterdam) and I love travelling. Actually, after finishing my studies, I travelled the world for 8 years, walking about 25.000km before eventually settling down in Mallorca and La Palma/Canary Islands.