Beasley’s immense spirit and his dedication to sculpture traces back to when he was 19 years old and taking an undergraduate drawing class at Dartmouth University. He realized that drawing was too limiting for him, so his professor allowed him to substitute five sculptures as the final exam instead of fifty drawings. In creating these works, Beasley recognized that sculpture combined his love of working with his hands with his unique talent for problem solving. He left Dartmouth and transferred to study sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley where he established his foundation of discipline and working methods.
The exhibition Bruce Beasley: Sixty Year Retrospective, 1960-2020 presents a collection of Bruce Beasley’s sculptures in a wide range of materials. In the 1990s he started investigating the possibility of making work in stone. While he hasn’t created a large series of work in stone, he has found that there are some shapes and ideas best realized in stone due to the inherent weight of the material and what that lends to the feeling of the finished work.