Monday, 19 February 2007

Tadek Beutlich

Vibrations 6. 1984 Esparto grass and wool 140x40cms.

Tadek Beutlich is a remarkable artist, he is a tapestry weaver, originally from Poland. He taught at Camberwell School of Art from 1951-1974. His later work is unusual because he works 'off the loom' to create these amazing abstract and figurative pieces. There is very little information available about him. I have never seen any of his work in the flesh and I think we are overdue a major show or publication about him. I found this image on the Embroiderers Guild website.

The Embroiderers Guild have an excellent publication called Embroidery which is a bi-monthly magazine - it features contemporary textile artists and traditional techniques but it is only really available from their shop in Hampton Court or by mail-order.

13 comments:

Willington Weaver said...

Hi
I stumbled upon your interesting blog when researching Tadek Beutlich.

He was one of my textile icons while I was studying for my "O" level and "A" level, way back in the early 70's!

I was lucky enough to have 4 pieces of my work selected for an exhibition with Tadek and several other textile artists, in Leeds, from April to August 2006.

Alison

Liz said...

My mother was in charge of his studio in Ditchling ad he taught her his techniques so she could weave his designs for him.I have now been given one of his wall hangings to sell by someone who inherited it. Have you any idea what he sells for now? Its a large jute and sisal hanging. My mother has asked him (he's in his 90s now) but he doesn't know!There's hardly any info about him on the web which amazes me!!!

Feltbug said...

Hi Liz
I have no idea - you could try contacting the Crafts Council for some advice. You have not left me a contact email - if you want you can email me - I am in contact with a tapestry weaver who might be able to advise you too.
Mandy

Liz said...

If you'd like to see one of Tadek's pieces "in the flesh" why not come to Vision Gallery in Blackboys, East Sussex during the Uckfield Festival Show Sat 11 July-Sunday 19th 11-6pm daily. Its for sale "offers invited". See www.vision-gallery.co.uk if you want to view a picture of it.....My mother used to weave with him.

Katie Hobbs said...

Hi
I am the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Craft at Hove Museum & Art Gallery, (near Brighton). We have several Tadek pieces in our permanent collection and three are currently on display.

check out our website www.virtualmuseum.info for further information on the museum and how to find us. Any further questions please ask me.......

Liz said...

Hi Katie
Are your pieces textiles or prints? I looked at the museum website but the link to the contemporary exhibition sections didn't work
I have a letter back from Tadek saying he can't remember what he called the piece we have here, so I'm still hoping to find an old reference to it somewhere.
Liz

jamborree said...

Hi there! Another Miss Marple looking for images of Tadek Beutlick. I also went to Maidstone Art College back in the 80's! I am looking for images to show in an inset workshop I am doing. I have shown his work to students before but now there seems to be nothing out there no matter how deep I delve! But if I find anything I will let you know ...

claire millington said...

His 'Bird of Prey' wall hanging is currently in the common room at Senate House, so you could probably arrange to go and see it (I'd ask the Library for access). There is some controversy over it being hung there so was looking it up and saw this blog. None the wiser as to the controversy though.

liz hankins said...

Just to let everyone know that sadly Tadek has just passed away.

Feltbug said...

That is very sad news Liz, thankyou for letting us know.

Viktor said...

Here is the link to his obituary:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jun/24/tadek-beutlich-obituary


Viktor

Feltbug said...

Thankyou Viktor.

Liz Hankins said...

I have been asked by Tadek's widow and son to arrange a post humous sale and exhibition of Tadek's work in the UK. Please contact me at vision_gallery@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to know details or where and when it will be once they are finalised or also if you are interested in purchasing any pieces