I first met the artist Frank Beanland on a cold December day back in 1999. I then had an art gallery in the lovely little Suffolk market town of Bungay. I was looking out of the window and curiously a man was cycling down the street with what looked like a large tube strapped to his back. He got off the bike outside the shop, walked in and said ‘Are you interested in buying any paintings as I’m an artist?’
Now my normal reaction would be ‘oh dear!’ as a lot of people tried to sell you things you didn’t want! But he took these pictures off his back, unrolled them and they were fabulous oil paintings from the 1970’s onwards.
Frank had trained at the Slade School and won a travelling Boyse travelling bursary and had taught. He was a true professional artist who was only interested in painting. But times were hard and he needed to sell some pictures. I bought these without hesitation and I have bought and sold his work ever since. A great artist, sadly not as well recognised as he should be but certainly recognised in artists circles. He is sold by a number of London galleries and his work can be viewed extensively here.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art