Fish and other things

Deirdre Bean

5 March - 30 March 2019

DEIRDRE BEAN presents Fish and other things, a cabinet of curiosities that delights in the spoils of collecting and the catch.

From delicate compositions of Bracken fern and a cicada, to a John Dory with two shells, or a heaped pile of Lantana and a spider, DEIRDRE BEAN collects the natural world. This attention to the minutiae of her surroundings has been ongoing in her work, as she writes, “since my childhood I have been inspired by the natural world. Our family home was surrounded by pristine bush. The nearby beach and river were an idyllic playground. My father was an expert fisherman, and it seemed we had an endless supply of food from the sea. My recent paintings are inspired by those times.”

The simple couplings of fish with plates and utensils spark musings of potential feasts to come. For BEAN the works celebrate the moments of shared feasting at the family table and reinforce the idea of fish as food.

Painting with watercolour on paper or vellum, the traditional method used by natural history illustrators, BEAN’s works balance precision with flare and imagination. Of her process she writes, “my subjects are drawn from life, painstakingly measured and colour matched. The paintings can be viewed as still life studies.”

Countering the scientific exactitude of BEAN’s process is the humour in the compositions. Flowers positioned alongside Chinese inspired ceramics depict the stories from the artist’s every day. From the white faced herons, residents of the mangroves in Throsby Creek that visit her back garden, to the wattlebirds that leave droppings on her car, the watercolours are rich with narrative and wit.

Alongside Fish and other things, DEIRDRE BEAN has a major exhibition, Australia’s mangroves: living on the edge at Tweed Regional Gallery, which is open until 17 March 2019.



Deirdre Bean - Bracken fern and cicada
Deirdre Bean
Bracken fern and cicada
watercolour on paper
65 x 50 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - John Dory with two shells
Deirdre Bean
John Dory with two shells
watercolour on paper
40 x 50 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Redfish
Deirdre Bean
Redfish
watercolour on paper
34 x 50 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Scampi
Deirdre Bean
Scampi
watercolour on paper
42 x 30 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Blackberry and redback spider
Deirdre Bean
Blackberry and redback spider
watercolour on paper
40 x 33 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Lantana and spider
Deirdre Bean
Lantana and spider
watercolour on paper
36 x 35.5 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Parrotfish and chopsticks
Deirdre Bean
Parrotfish and chopsticks
watercolour on vellum
27 x 37 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Deirdre Bean - Mangroves and herons
Deirdre Bean
Mangroves and herons
watercolour on paper
32 x 37 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Wattlebirds and lilly pilly
Deirdre Bean
Wattlebirds and lilly pilly
watercolour on paper
32 x 37 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Deirdre Bean - Eastern smooth boxfish
Deirdre Bean
Eastern smooth boxfish
watercolour on vellum
20 x 28 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Yellowtail
Deirdre Bean
Yellowtail
watercolour on vellum
18 x 29 cm
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For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Garfish and plate
Deirdre Bean
Garfish and plate
watercolour on vellum
16 x 36 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Deirdre Bean - Three Oysters
Deirdre Bean
Three Oysters
watercolour on vellum
19 x 25 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Deirdre Bean - Sardines and a spoon
Deirdre Bean
Sardines and a spoon
watercolour on vellum
22 x 28 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Deirdre Bean - Pyrus spp (pear)
Deirdre Bean
Pyrus spp (pear)
watercolour on vellum
16.5 x 12 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Deirdre Bean - Pyrus sp 'William' (William Pear)
Deirdre Bean
Pyrus sp 'William' (William pear)
watercolour on vellum
16.5 x 12 cm
SOLD
SOLD