Paul Beumer’s painterly practice oscillates freely between figuration and abstraction, but in the past few years gained a specific focus on the relationship and dichotomies between Western and Asian approaches to landscape painting and nature. Steering away from the conventions of the brush and canvas his works are made on a variation of loose cloths. He engages ink or chlorine and manual resist-dyeing techniques to produce abstract patterns that feel like faint memories of Western High Modernism in that they allow for doubt, failure and chance.
Paul Beumer received his BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and completed a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2019 he will be a resident at 16/16 in Lagos, Nigeria and Schoolhouse in Mutianyu, China. Recent solo exhibitions include He wanted kisses, but all he got was analytical anecdotes and philosophic epigrams at Handscape in Taipei, The message of the flower is the flower at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Paint Wide Mouth White at Qingyun International Art Centre in Beijing, In the shade of the elms and willows, my friends drink until they are inspired at Goethe Pavillon, Palais Schardt in Weimar and Tomorrow’s Harvest at Bosse & Baum in London. He participated in major group exhibitions at Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen, Museum De Paviljoens in Almere and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
Work by Beumer is held in private and public collections, including the AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam; The Academic Medical Centre Art Collection, Amsterdam; the Collection of the District Court of Law, Amsterdam; the KRC Collection, Voorschoten, Netherlands. In 2009 Beumer received a nomination for the Royal Award for Contemporary Painting.