Beverly Barkat was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1966, moving to Israel with her family in 1976. After her degree in Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, she began working with clay, metal, and glass, and later shifted to drawing and oil painting after an inspiring master class led by Israel Hershberg at the Jerusalem Studio School.
Barkat’s early works were largely figurative and in keeping with the traditional Western genres. Around 2009, she made a turn towards formal abstraction and although she continued to draw from life, she started to deconstruct the figure and at the same time, capture movement on a two-dimensional surface with dynamic lines.
In 2014, her series of paintings inspired by Japanese calligraphy earned her the Curator’s Award at the 28th International Exhibition of Art & Design in Kyoto. Since then Barkat continued experimenting with new techniques, application methods and materials. The most prominent were the transparent, painted PVC sheets, the medium that was mainly used for the Evocative Surfaces, her first international solo exhibition, for the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennial.
In 2018 Barkat started breaking out of a purely painting frame, addressing complex global issues with her art. This resulted in the exhibition After the Tribes (2018) staged at Museum Boncompagni in Rome. In this exhibition she used an experimental medium of painting complimented by a unique metal sculpture to explore the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Her current project Biosphere marks further departure from artistic conventions, by addressing the urgent problem of the global plastic pollution amid the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. By developing an innovative medium of organic and plastic materials, she shows her conceptual strength and artistic methodology – an exhibition due to open in the United States in Autumn 2021.
In parallel Barkat continues to work in the medium of oil painting, indian ink and water colors on two-dimensional surfaces, going further with her research of mass in movement leading to an ephemeral looking outcome – an exhibition due to open in Taichung, Taiwan in late Spring 2021.
Barkat’s work has been placed in various private and public collections, amongst which three of her artworks from the series Evocative Surfaces are on a permanent display at Museo di Palazzo Grimani in Venice.