B E K K Y B E U K E S, known for her emotionally charged work, was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to The United States in 2014. This personal revolution allowed B E U K E S the unexpected opportunity to explore her intrinsic love for painting. Intrigued by the notion of combining opposite matter, she creates unnatural collaborations between form, exploring the relationship between dark and light, fueled by her fascination with internal and external chaos.
her soul on canvas...
"Before Tampa artist Bekky Beukes installed her latest show debris at the Blue Goose, she invited a few people to her Ybor studio to view the detailed paintings of birds and snakes — and her intense study of her failures and triumphs. It's a shame these paintings can't be viewed so intimately by everyone, in Beukes' compact brick studio, with her explaining which part of her soul she bled into each.
These paintings represent what's left as and after, she endures each stage of a repeating cycle of destruction and rebirth (and the battles between those points). They also offer a poignant, wrenching acknowledgement: Her spirit is a battlefield." - Cathy Salustri, Creative Loafing