Beverley Jane Stewart

Beverley-Jane obtained an honors degree in Education and Art at London University.

The focus of the course was on abstract art, and it became the foundation of her work which then developed into visual storytelling.
Whilst teaching and developing her talent in her spare time, Beverley-Jane was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of Croydon Art Society for professional artists.
As a visual writer, she looks in intricate detail at how Jewish heritage operates in contemporary multi-cultural society fusing facts with emotions.  She tells the story of the Jews from past to present, displaying history in its various periods…a rollercoaster in time.
Beverley-Jane has been commissioned to paint for United Synagogue and Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks amongst other successful publications and was quoted by Jenni Frazer of The Times of Israel “Beverley-Jane goes beyond the buildings themselves, surrounding
them with a rich cornucopia of local history and community”.

Ram Ozeri, Director of Jerusalem Biennale, said “Her art is very impressive and very relevant”.
Her work from the 2017 Jerusalem Biennale was displayed in the Knesset and was viewed by the historian Simon Schama and was subsequently permanently hung in the Mayor of Jerusalem’s office.

In 2020 she had a solo exhibition at Tel Aviv University.
Rona Towzinger of ‘Israel Today’ wrote with interest how she admires the connection between emotion and social history within the architecture of the synagogue 
and included Beverley-Jane’s quote “Jews don’t live in a vacuum”.

Artist statement

I am a Diaspora Jew.  I have always aimed to achieve a meaningful balance between my secular life and my religion. 

Being Jewish has always mattered to me, for it gave me a sense of belonging and purpose.

The weekly attendance at my local synagogue through prayer, festival and customs helped me to identify with Judaism.
My initial interest was focused on the synagogue architecture as a prayer hall, but as a female artist my perception was directed from a high perspective.

This familiar angle was developed from the many years I sat with my mother in the lady’s gallery.

 Towering above I watched the beauty of the panoramic scenes below.
Surrounded by a backdrop of architectural splendor, the male dominated services created a spiritual euphoria of drama with movement, color, and light.
Through exploring the theme of public and private space within Judaism, the synagogue, and the secular surroundings - I evolved and developed into a visual writer, illustrating the story of Jewish social history.
Showing how Jews have kept their identity whilst contributing to the secular world, supporting financial markets, trades, politics, and arts etc.  I became aware of the political pressures and the relationship Jews had with the indigenous community, their acceptance or
rejection.
I use drawing and sketching as a base line to show my ideas and compositions before starting each piece of work as they are on their own a journey of research.

In recent years, alongside the oil painting, I have been experimenting with new materials such as Plexiglas, concrete and engraving on wood, whilst also developing my techniques as a Printmaker.