British artist Gilly Beal has an MA Fine Arts from Goldsmiths. She studied history of art at the University of Wales in the 1980s, then later fine art in London at Kensington and Chelsea College and the Slade.
Having lived most of her life in Asia, she became interested in calligraphy and the single brushstroke. She is intrigued by how a simple gestural stroke can create a series of captivating lines, how the spaces between the lines carry information, and how what is not there can sometimes be as meaningful as what is.
Working mainly with monochromes and duochromes in ink on paper and oil on canvas, the subtlety of her mark-making combines with strong colors to create visually stunning pieces that are full of energy, despite their deceptive simplicity.
She has participated in many group shows in Singapore and London, and has been commissioned by leading interior designers. Her work is in private collections in Singapore, London, Hong Kong, Japan, Sydney, Copenhagen and Bali.