Starting with her first gallery just off Portobello Road in Notting Hill, Karen Beagle harboured a passion for art from across Asia, in particular Buddhist art from India, Nepal, Tibet and China. This, over the years, became her field of expertise and the core of her profession.
Karen always had the idea for an exhibition on incomplete beauty. In her house on a hill overlooking the sea on Peng Chau island, objects of such ‘imperfection’ abounded: a broken hand, the remaining ankle of a stone sculpture, a fragment of painted cloth, a brittle piece of a manuscript.
In an era where most are tirelessly seeking perfection, it seemed like Karen went against the tide. But she was a woman of strong conviction. Over time, she put together an impressive collection of antique fragments, each broken but complete in its essence and style.
This online exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Karen Beagle, to her vision of presenting such an exhibition, which did not have a chance to materialise before she bode farewell.
I strove with none, for none was worth my strife,
Nature I loved, and, next to Nature, Art;
I warm’d both hands before the fire of Life,
It sinks; and I am ready to depart.
— Walter Salvage Landor
Karen Frances Beagle was born on 17 February 1960 in Patna, India, and passed away in 2021 in London.
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