Dave Beazley’s career began with a diploma in cabinetmaking from Whangarei Polytechnic in 2000. After being in the trade for two years Beazley enrolled in the Bachelor of Design degree at Unitec in Auckland – a tuition from which he graduated from in 2006.
Dave Beazley’s paintings are immediately attractive to the eye. His candy-coated pastel hues and soft colourings entice a viewer to look – their initial effect is comforting. From a distance these seemingly sinless paintings resemble a children's book illustration through his palette and then his figures which, upon initial inspection automatically links them to the innocence of a child-like narrative. Upon closer scrutiny we will find their eccentric subjects – packed with eyeballs, insects and sinister plant forms. His intention is to beguile the viewer with wholesome reverie that has a melancholic narrative embedded within it – a feast for the visual sense that reverts between sweet and sour and back again.
Beazley brings some of his characters to life by transforming them into ‘life size’ soft sculptures being another form of practice which allows him to move between painting, sculpture and computer animation – bringing his delightful characters alive in various forms for our endless enjoyment.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Design, majoring in Painting, Unitec, Auckland