Beau Carey

Born: 1980, Albuquerque, NM

Biography and Information

Beau Carey travels extensively to remote areas of the world to experience and record a sense of place. Individual landscape paintings are often about specific places but Beau Carey’s new paintings comprise multiple geographies. He paints each invented landscape from memory, plein-air studies, and photographs. Mountain ranges from Norway, Alaska, and the Southwest are compressed and layered into single compositions. Carey’s work has been featured on artnet, Artsy, Sotheby’s online magazine, and He was also awarded a solo exhibition at 516 ARTS Contemporary Art Museum in 2015.

Through a combination of on-site field studies and larger studio pieces, I make work that reflects the characteristics of specific places while retaining a larger awareness of the landscape genre.

Field Studies: These paintings are drawn from recent residencies and travels. My plein air works are not just records of the observable landscape. They are primary documents of my experience. Working in the field creates variables that cannot be created in the studio. For example, painting with mittens on in -15 degrees, using walnut oil based paints so they don’t freeze, and working under the cover of armed polar bear guards creates marks that are reflective of the situation in a way a photograph is not. You can tell when a painting was painted in 45 mph winds because of the dust stuck in it. You make different decisions when unexpected conditions are present.

Studio Paintings: In this body of work, I use imagery from my travels to the high Arctic, Alaska, and New Mexico. By disrupting traditional landscape compositions, I explore the spatial construction of modern landscapes. This practice is rooted in a history of globalism and environmental dominance. The works look specifically at how we will navigate and view a rapidly changing physical world. -Beau Carey

MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

BFA, Painting and Drawing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Basin and Range, Visions West Contemporary, Denver, CO

Pilgrimage (two person), Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Swell, Watkins Gallery, Winona St. University, Winona, MN

Rabbit Island, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

Rise, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM

Far North, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

Fata Morgana, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

River School, Andrew J. Macky Gallery, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art,  Boulder, CO
Butcher’s Crossing, Rude Gallery Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO

Echo and Narcissus, Bright Rain Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Far Afield, John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

West Side, Bright Rain Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Events on the Ground, Bright Rain Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Group Exhibitions
The Space(s) Between, Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver and Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CO

Mountain Standard Time, Visions West Contemporary, Denver CO, Livingston MT, Bozeman MT

to the moon and back, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Open Space: The Finite Frontier, Curtis Arts and Humanity Center, Greenwood Village, CO
Redline 10X: 10th Anniversary Retrospective, Denver, CO

Rabbit Island 2015 Residents
, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI

Magnet North, Artists and the Arctic Circle, UBS Gallery1285 Avenue of the America’s, New York, NY
Discovering and Interpreting the West: 19th, 20th and 21st Century

Landscapes, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
Direct Connect, Hinterland, Denver, CO

Fathom Out (Works by Beau Carey and Cedra Wood), Laura Mesaros Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Earth and Sky (Works by Beau Carey, Tobias Fike, and Zach Reini), Showpen, Denver, CO

Material Engagements, (Curator: Harmony Hammond), Redline, Denver, CO
New Works, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

AU: Exchange, (Curator: Cortney Lane Stell, Head Curator Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design), Redline, Denver, CO
Place, Emmanuel Gallery, Auraria Campus, Denver, CO
Motels and Motion on the Mother Road: New Mexico, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Nature and Technology, John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Specific Environments, Landscape as Metaphor, (Juror: Leanne Haase Goebel), Lincoln Center Art Gallery, Fort Collins, CO
Icebreaker 2.0, (Juror: Tricia Robson, Assistant Curator Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

Across Ties, Across Time, Redline, Denver, CO
Nature and Technology, John Sommers Gallery, University of NewMexico, Albuquerque, NM
Monday Afternoon, (Jurors: Lucy Lippard, Joel Peter Witkin), Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Take Back, The Land/gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Given Take, The Land/ an art site, Inc., Mountainair, NM
Judicial Notice III, Bernalillo Metropolitan Court House, Albuquerque, NM
Splash, (Juror: Susan Sbarge, Executive Director, and 516 Arts Albuquerque, NM), University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

At First Sight, Raymond Johnson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Judicial Notice, Bernalillo Metropolitan Court House, Albuquerque, NM

Artist in Residence Rabbit Island, Lake Superior, MI

Artist in Residence, Denali National Park, AK

Artist in Residence, Denver’s Sustainability Park, Denver, CO

Redline Denver Artist in Residence/Redline Board Member, Denver, CO

Redline Denver Artist in Residence, Denver, CO        

Wortham W. Akin Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Harry Nadler Memorial Fellowship Award

The Land/ an art site Residency

Melinda Frame, For the Record: Albuquerque Artists During COVID-19, CABTV, Artist interview, Spring 

Tess Thackara, These Artists Travel the World to Paint En Plein Air, ARTSY,  April 6

Armory Week Finds: 20 Artworks under $5,000, ARTSY, February 28

Summer in Aspen: Reaching New Heights, Sotheby’s, June 19

Donna Davies, The Lift, Vimeo, August 2 (2.5 minutes)

Art Aspen 2017 at Aspen Ice Garden, Blouin Artinfo, June 16

Maggie Grimason, Presence and Absence in the Landscape,, November 26 – December 2

Artist Talk & Poetry: Scott Greene, Beau Carey & Melissa Garcia, KSJE 90.9, December 3

Claude Smith, Far North: Interview with Beau Carey, New American Paintings

Susan Froyd, 100 Colorado Creatives: Beau Carey,, December 17

Press Release

2019 to the moon and back at Richard Levy Gallery

2018 Pilgrimage at Richard Levy Gallery

2016 Unstructured Merriment at Richard Levy Gallery