Beverlye Hyman FEAD
Before she succumbed to the allure of pen and ink, oil and canvas, Beverlye Hyman Fead intended to be a photographer, a travel photographer. However, after a successful three-decade career working as a painter, her personal travels and the striking beauty of the Montecito beachfront has inspired a reunion of the artist and the camera.
In her most recent series of photographic images, meticulously composed close-ups of rocks, rock formations and the adjacent terrain, Ms. Hyman Fead continues her pursuit of lushly textured still life. Years of managing paint, generating textures with brushwork and constructing compositions based on keen observation inform the new work in surprising ways. Neutral tones repeat themselves in circular patterns. But the placement of the camera creates the illusion of a cascade; the stones and the bark fall toward the bright green of the lawn. The blue of the sky is cubed or triangulated by delicate rock formations. The place must surely be earth, yet the landscape feels otherworldly. The intricacies of the rock surfaces, and not the horizon, become the focus of each picture; portraits extracted from the earth, drawn by the artist’s eye and the camera’s lens.
Ms. Hyman Fead trained at UCLA and has studied with numerous professionals over the years. Her work has been exhibited on both coasts, from the windows of NYC’s Bloomingdales to the galleries lining the walk streets of Venice, California. During the 1970s, she placed works in numerous private collections, becoming a must-have for the Hollywood in crowd.
After moving to Montecito in 1983, she built the studio of her dreams, produced and sold a significant body of work.
Her first body of work was shot on film, and then she switched to digital. Her love of rocks and stones took her then to tree trunks, driftwood, all forms of natural rough-texture nature. Ms. Hyman Fead is 81 years old and is enjoying success with her photography.
Beverlye Hyman Fead Japanese Bark, 1/10 Digital Photograph Printed on Metal 18 1/2 x 28 inches
Beverlye Hyman Fead Turquoise Rocks of Mexico, 1/10 Digital Photograph Printed on Metal 25 x 50 inches
Beverly Hyman Fead is the author of the acclaimed book Aging in High Heals; she writes about challenging the way people think about aging. She believes in staying relevant and having something to say.
Beverlye Hyman Fead Red and White Bark, 1/10 Digital Photograph Printed on Metal 18 1/2 x 28 inches