Beatrice McCelland

Born in Jersey City, NJ

Living & working in Miami, FL

 

My work conveys the mythic underlying layer of human experience, the fragility of life, and the physical and psychological pain of human existence. 

 

I combine all aspects of art, from drawing and painting to sculptural manipulation of materials in order to express my deepest emotions and thoughts.  

I construct, draw and collage pieces out of all types of materials that transmute the experiences of my life into indelible images of the darkness and the mystery of being. 

 

Childhood 

I was born in 1964 to immigrant Cuban parents living in Union City, New Jersey. My childhood in an urban ghetto forced me to imagine and visualize what was beyond the edges of my existence. 

 

Commercial Life

A scholarship to Parsons School of Design made it possible to experience an amazing cultural melting pot and also to be exposed to the works of Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney, Gerhard Richter, and Anselm Kiefer, to name a few influences.

 

I did not pursue a career in fine arts, even though I was selling paintings in New York before attending Parsons; instead I studied advertising/communications. I worked at magazines: Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, and Self, among them. By the time I was thirty, I was working for Estée Lauder as the VP of Creative Services. I left NYC shortly after quitting Estée Lauder. I wanted to find and dedicate my time to a vision that was my own. It took another 20 years of corporate indenture before I found my artistic balance, quitting my day job and dedicating full time to what I love...making art.

 

​Now

My pieces reveal MY world, since I did not create the one I live in. You must look carefully, for just like life itself, there is far more meaning under the surface.

Press

https://www.odd-one-out.org/post/artist-interview-048-beatrice-mcclelland

Limner Gallery, NY

"Stange Figurations"

September 5-28, 2019

Group show

CV

1983 - 1986
Parsons School of Design

 

Exhibitions & Awards 

Hera Gallery

"In God We Trust"

October 12-November 16, 2019

Group show

The New Studio for Visual Arts

"Power of Pink"

October 11-November 1, 2019

Group show

Limner Gallery, NY

"Stange Figurations"

September 5-28, 2019

Group show
                  

63rd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and exhibition
Boca Raton Museum of Art

2014-Group show

 

Artists Talk | The Artists of All Florida Boca Raton Museum of Art

August 16, 2014

 

Celebrating Viva Florida 500!

Martin County Collaborative Arts Council of Martin County

2013-Stuart Florida Group exhibit
A Juried exhibition

 

Warehouse Project Group exhibit

Miami, FL
August 10th 2013

 

Parallels Art Show

1310 Gallery Fort Lauderdale, FL

2013-Group exhibit Juried

 

62nd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and exhibition

Boca Raton Museum of Art 

2013 Group show

 

TAP into Miniature juried exhibit
The Art Place Group exhibit The Art Place Wynwood
Miami, Fl 

2012

 

Warehouse Project 2 Group exhibit 

Miami, Fl 

2012

 

Warehouse Project 1 Group exhibit

Miami, Fl 

2012

61st Annual All Florida Juried Competition and exhibition

Boca Raton Museum of Art 

2012 Group show

 

Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine
National Artisan Cloth Paper Scissors National award for Mix-Media Jewelry

2011 

 

Pyramid Studios
Miami, FL
2010 Group show

 

Rex Art Gallery
Miami, FL 

2010 Solo show

 

Rex Art Gallery
Miami, FL
2009 Group show