Wall Environments

These images show recently completed “Wall Environments” by R. Michael Beatty.

The artworks are created using a multistep process involving processes ranging from encaustic, one of the oldest art mediums in the world, through photography, to digital printing, one of the newest processes. Part of the challenge of these wall pieces is working with the relationships between new and old mediums.

Just as our eyes and mind experience a scene, the completed Wall Environment is a mosaic of images which make up the completed work.

Commissions can be any size; and site-specific, site-inspired or idea directed.


Trees 35 Panel

Summer Woods (50 inches by 180 inches)

This wall environment is of a quiet afternoon. Summer; the setting sun highlights the trees. The tall branches experience the sun; the young trees protected underneath are dark green. The day’s changing light changes the woods outside, and the encaustic/photographic artwork inside. The work hangs in a family home, young children run through the rooms inside, outside is a beautiful woods.


LA Sunset (10 inches by 135 inches)

The work takes time to look at. On the left the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean; by the time the eye travels to the right, airplane lights have lined up to make night landings at LAX.


Grand Canyon Storm (50 inches by 120 inches)

A storm moves across a vast landscape. How do our eyes record it? How does our mind remember it? How do we express that memory?


Michael Beatty's Wall Environments are, usually, large works, which are often site-specific, site-inspired or idea directed. They are created as individual pieces or as very limited editions. Pricing is based on size and complexity. For more information about Michael Beatty's Wall Environments or to be added to our mailing list please click here.

Wall Environments: Random Thoughts and Questions

One of the most fascinating things about reality is the way that differing light changes it.

How our eyes see a landscape, focus on our world, has as much to do with our mind as with our eyes.

How do we view artwork? How has film and television changed the way people see?

Like most of life, art reveals itself in stages.

The viewer plays an essential role in the meaning, value and understanding of a work of art.

Encaustic is one of the oldest art mediums in the world, digital photography one of the newest. What are the relationships and the challenges between new and old mediums?

Richard Avedon said that a photograph “is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion.”

“The goal of art is not to copy reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” 
Alberto Giacometti

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” Rene Magritte

Wall Environments grow out of intention, experience, memory and the continual gathering of information.