Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman is a self-taught figurative and contemporary surrealist painter. She uses modified egg tempera techniques of the 14th century Old Masters to create works of magical realism that seem to glow from within. Celebrating the hard-earned wisdom of childhood, Sullivan-Beeman depicts subjects who are often young, hauntingly innocent, and teetering on the edge of naïveté and what lies beyond. The narratives, symbology, and illumination in her pieces emerge from someplace subliminal, a conjured realm of magic, mysticism, and mystery. She uses her personal dream journal to inspire her artwork, exploring Jung’s collective unconscious with an overt curiosity for the bizarre and the esoteric, especially alchemy, the tarot, and animal spirits.
Sullivan-Beeman’s work has been shown at Haven Gallery in Northport, NY; Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; The Belskie Museum of Art & Science in Closter, NJ; Phylogeny Contemporary in Seattle, WA; Greg Moon Art in Taos, NM; Merlino Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy; the LA Art Show in Los Angeles, CA, Aqua Art Miami in Miami, FL, “Crime On Canvas” at Life Is Beautiful Music and Art Festival in Las Vegas, NV, Art! Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada; Copro Gallery, Annenberg Community Beach House and La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BFA, in Cinema/Television Production, from the University of Southern California, and splits her time between Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC.