Beverley-Jane’s work falls into three main categories; London Life, Jews in Prayer and Visual Stories.
It's her ability to produce paintings which effortlessly draw the audience in by making them feel part of her work which demonstrates her proficiency of perspective, it is though her latest work that is hailed as pioneering, revolutionary and innovative.
Beverley-Jane is using her art to tell significant stories relating to British Jews and it’s the fusing of the past and the present in her work that encourages and highlights the importance of acceptance, equality, tolerance and identity.
Through her work Beverly-Jane emphasizes the significance of embracing the British multicultural society.
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Beverley-Jane Stewart is an Award-winning artist from St John’s Wood in London. She has an honours degree in Education and Art from London University and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Beverley-Jane’s immigrant grandparents settled in Hackney in 1890 and moved to Clapham where her mother was born. Her father was born in the East End. Brought up in South London, Beverley-Jane worked initially as a primary art school teacher whilst nurturing her artistic flair in her spare time. Her career as a teacher in Brixton and Camberwell meant that an understanding and fascination of the community and public spirit became second nature.
Beverley-Jane’s early work shows London life scenes and the relationship of buildings to people. With this work she received The Artist Book Club Award and the Evening Standard Art Award for London at Play. In later years, she has concentrated on Synagogue services, her unique style of figurative painting combined with the splendour of these buildings make these services come alive. The latest phase of Beverley-Jane’s work goes beyond the buildings, linking the synagogue with local history and community. The historical association of being an immigrant and contributing to British society is heavily researched applying the past to present. She sees herself as a visual writer, enjoying an on-going exploration of the relationship between Jewish and British identity.
In 2014, Beverley-Jane staged her debut solo exhibition, ‘Spirit Recaptured’, at Trinity House Gallery in Mayfair.
In 2016, she was commissioned to do the cover and illustrations for The Jewish Community of Golders Green: A Social History by Pam Fox. The book sold 2,000 copies within two months of publication and is now in its second edition. Beverley-Jane is also a member of the East London Printmakers and in 2016 she exhibited twice on the theme of immigration.
Beverley-Jane’s latest work, Balfour Accomplished, will commemorate this year’s 100 year Anniversary of the historic document dated 2nd November 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This work will be unveiled as the centrepiece of an event dedicated to the Balfour at this year’s Jerusalem Biennale (1st October – 16th November 2017).
Examples of her work can be seen in Sharman Kadish’s Book on ‘Building Jerusalem’, Rabbi Bernard Susser’s ‘Alderney Road Jewish Cemetery’, the Simcha Magazine, and, in 2012 her 'East End and Tottenham Home for Incurables' in 'Jewish London'. Her commissioned painting on 125 years of United Synagogue, hanging in their Head Office, has had numerous publications, including the cover for the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sack’s Book ‘Community of Faith’. A painting of the Lloyds of London building was subsequently purchased by Lloyds of London.
Beverley-Jane is currently working on her forthcoming book, British Jews – The Story in Art. A unique, colourful and beautifully expressive presentation of art, visually telling the story of Jewish life in Britain, whilst delving into how the Jews survived, integrated and flourished.