Deirdre Bean

Deirdre Bean has been painting for most of her life. She first started oil painting in her teenage years. In 1998 Bean began watercolour painting - it became her preferred medium for the next 33 years. 


When Bean began her residency at Dr Tim Liauw’s home at Seaforth, she intended to work with watercolour on paper. However, many of the preliminary drawings were abandoned and paintings were torn up. The colours of Tim’s garden, the texture of his concrete walls and interior scenes were, she decided, depicted best by oil paint on canvas. Springwater has thus become a landmark exhibition for the artist, comprising a new body of work dedicated to oil painting.

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Deirdre Bean, 'Bromeliad wall', 2021, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Bromeliad wall', 2021, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Yellow Jug', 2021, oil on canvas, 38 x 46 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Yellow Jug', 2021, oil on canvas, 38 x 46 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Pool III', 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Pool III', 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Pool II', 2021, oil on canvas, 46 x 38

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Pool II', 2021, oil on canvas, 46 x 38

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Occupation', 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Occupation', 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Obsession', 2021, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Obsession', 2021, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Pool I', 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tim's Pool I', 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tealight', 2021, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tealight', 2021, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Lilly Pillies', 2021, oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Lilly Pillies', 2021, oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tea Pot', 2021, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 cm

Deirdre Bean, 'Tea Pot', 2021, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 cm