John Beagles is an artist and writer. Since 1996 he has collaborated with Graham Ramsay as Beagles and Ramsay, as well as writing extensively for numerous publications.
John studied painting at the Slade School of Art from 1988-1992. He attended the MFA course at Glasgow School of Art from 1994-1996, where he predominantly worked in video. It was at Glasgow School of Art that he started collaborating with Graham Ramsay.
As an artist John’s work has been focused on exploring aspects of contemporary culture specifically the affects of consumerism, the cult of celebrity and issues around political agency and disenfranchisement. He also has an interest in the allegorical and critical potential of playing with habitual ideas central to the mythology of art. Beagles and Ramsay have exhibited widely on both a national and international level. In Scotland they have exhibited at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (“Dub’L introoder” 2001), the Tramway Gallery (‘What makes you and I different” 2006), the Fruitmarket (“Evolution isn’t over yet” 1999) and the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (Running Time 2009). In 2010 two of their works were purchased, by the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow for the permanent collection. Outside of Scotland they have exhibited at the I.C.A. London (Crash 2000), Venice Biennale (2003) P.S.1 Gallery of Modern Art, New York (2004) and the Migros Museum, Zurich (2005).
There has always been a strong connection between John’s studio practice and his work as a writer. Between 199-2001 he worked collaboratively with the writer Dave Beach on series of essays on the legacy of conceptualism, video art and a critique of cultural studies (published in Variant, Artmonthly and Everything magazine). Independently John has written for numerous art magazines (Artmonthly, Map and Variant and most recently Sight and Sound) as well writing numerous catalogue essays for various artists. From 1997-2003 he worked at the Collective Gallery Edinburgh as a committee and board member, being responsible for the joint selection of all shows, the production of education material.
At ECA he has run courses on contemporary Art, Artist run initiatives, New Media and Digital Culture, Contemporary Sculpture and the history of British film. He currently splits his time between undergraduate work in the department of Visual and Cultural Studies and studio teaching on the MFa program. He has also taught on the MFA courses at Glasgow School art on the MFA course and at Chelsea College of Art.