With this lovely warm weather it only feels right to travel virtually to Barcelona and discover more about artist and skilled painter Georgia Beaumont. Georgia works between Barcelona and London, taking inspiration from the bustling creative surroundings and scenes that both cities have to offer. She is currently working on a new collection so we have a chat about this; as well as some other exciting new ventures and ideas that she's pursuing and dabbling in!
Hey Georgia! You have mentioned to us before that you work under a pseudonym - your childhood name Baby G. We were wondering if this was an easy decision for you to make and if it's been the case throughout your career as an artist?
It was very automatic initially, but thinking back it might have been an almost subconscious confidence thing, to create and make under another name allowed me to be more playful and free, and now it's stuck. I Do love that it's a light and bouncy name, also soft and childlike. I often think about using my full name: 'Georgia Beaumont' for future work and projects, I like the sense of ownership and maturity it brings. And thinking about it now, a big theme in my work is development, from immaturity to maturity, and how nuanced this actually is, so my names reflect that- which is quite nice!
It would be great to know a little more about your creative background, have you always had an affinity towards painting?
I knew from very young I was connected to drawing and painting. I think I was quite an impatient child, but also very thoughtful and the instant way you can pick up a brush and get lost in your inner world without adhering to any process 'rules' I connected with. I also love that when you paint, you're often completely left to your own devices and stuff either pours out of you or it doesn't and I feel like if you tune in to what you have (or haven't!) made you can learn so much about yourself in it, and map your growth.
I went to study Fine Art in London but actually left prematurely, in turn I left painting behind for a good couple of years. Returning to it was so wonderful - although often tricky - like a welcoming home again. It's sort of just always there inside, I can't not do it.
It's amazing that you work between both London and Barcelona; do you find the changes in your surroundings inspire your work in contrasting ways?
The change of pace between the two cities has become to be the best thing about it, I'm incredibly lucky to have had the fluidity (and hopefully will again soon!) and the contrast certainly resets you. The variety of art and culture that London has to offer is unmatched, but the slower way of life in Barcelona teaches you to tune in to the smallest of things.
What was it that attracted you to take on a studio space over in Barcelona to begin with?
I wanted a break from the pace of London, and getting back to my painting was still very new - Barcelona almost provided that safe space for me to work without any pre conceived notions of what I should or shouldn't be doing in London. On a practical level it was cheaper to live and rent a space, and on another level it's a vibrant and very free city, filled with wonderful people from all over, with mountains and beaches and gorgeous architecture.
I've just given up my space in Barcelona since quarantine, and created a little painting nook at home. Rolling out of bed to paint felt like such a luxury I felt like I couldn't go back. I'm so lucky to live with two other very creative creatures - so we all share in this very beautiful and tolerant way, it's very much our home and also our creative space. You can feel it and it's very uplifting to work side by side.
In previous collections you have mentioned that the forms in your paintings are symbolic to you and reflect significant moments in your life. We have seen that you are working on some new paintings at the moment, would you say that recent life experiences have influenced some new motifs and symbols in your new collection?
Yes, hugely! Harping back to the themes of growth in my work, I feel like these motifs have gained some strength this last year and I paint them with oompf and vigour. Partly as a result of coming out the end of a very tangled isolation time. It's like something is emerging. My colours reflect this too, there's less time for me to be timid in my work now. It's saying 'this is me, take it or leave it!'
You recently revamped a chair using some of your motifs, forms and a wonderful colour palette. It looks incredible! Is this something you enjoyed and intend to do again?
Yes! Thank you, I'm so excited about my chair, I loved the process of it too, which I didn't expect, from the hand sanding to wood prep, through to painting and varnishing. Breathing new life into something old feels great, and there's something very satisfying in seeing the before and the after. I plan to do more, visiting our amazing antiques fairs in the UK to find some more beauties, so I'll be workIng on some from there soon!
We're intrigued about how you name your artworks, the titles always feel so lively, do they come to you intuitively or does it take a lot of thought and time to finalise them?
The names for my pieces almost always come from entirely from random strings of thought. If I feel like something pops into my head but it's half formed, I will then go to write it out and edit it a bit on the page. They're a kind of magpied collection of thoughts and sounds, maybe from songs I half remember, or maybe something that comes to me in the shower. My work is rooted in lightness, and so when my thoughts are dancing around in that way too, my brain links that thought string with a piece of work. I guess that's the best way to describe the process!
Finally, other than painting do you enjoy any other creative outputs, or even fantasise about learning any new creative skills?
Ooof, I fantasise all the time and I do feel everything ultimately enriches your own practice in some way. I'm doing some ceramics at the minute and I love the versatility that brings, it gets my brain less fixated on paint and canvas and also is incredibly calming - as you guys know! I love to cook, I love to write - albeit very sporadically. My painting is a beautiful constant that anchors me, and I think the other things will unfold as they will.
You can see Georgia's works on paper and canvas here!