Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1986-1993 Ashford School for Girls
  • 1993-1994 Maidstone KIAD. B-TEC Diploma in Foundation Studies specialising in graphic communication
  • 1994-1995 Hastings College of Arts and Technology. B-TEC Diploma in Foundation Studies specialising in portraiture
  • 1995-1998 University of West of England. BA Hons in Art and Visual Culture
  • 1998-1999 University of West of England. Post Graduate In Extension Studies in Sound Production

Work

  • 2001 Launch of Beka’s Designs
  • 2002 “Chief Designer for ‘Stargirl’ (The Krunch Ltd)”
  • 2004 Designer for Locomocean Ltd.
  • 2006 Promotion to Senior Designer for Locomocean Ltd.
  • 2007 Launch of Professional Portrait Artist, Beka Smith
  • 2011 Workshops for Ashford School, Kent

Trade Fairs

  • 2001 Exhibitor at ‘Top Drawer’, Earl’s Court under The Prince’s Trust
  • 2002 Exhibitor at ‘Pulse’ Earl’s Court, London
  • 2009 Second Prize in the Hong Kong Lighting Fair, Design for Locomocean Ltd

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1999 Assistant Co-ordintor in R.A.C.E Exhibition at Bristol Museum
  • 2000 Exhibition at the Chicane Cafe Bristol
  • 2000 Exhibition at Eat The Beat Bristol
  • 2000 The Southwark Tavern London
  • 2006 BP Portrait Awards: portrait of Dr Wayper exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Arts Gallery. and Bristol Academy of Arts. Portrait voted third in ‘The Peoples Choice’
  • 2009 Beka Smith Solo exhibition at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, October 19th- 30th
  • 2009 Featured artist for Christmas Group Exhibition at ‘Chimaera Gallery’
  • 2010 Group Show in 3Bedfordbury Gallery for Haiti Fundraiser
  • 2010 shortlisted Group exhibition for London Fringe Festival Award 2010 in 3bedfordbury, London
  • 2011 ‘Stories’ Joint exhibition with John Eveleigh Exhibition at the Cube Folkestone
  • 2012 ’Turning the Corner’ Joint exhibition with Hugh Ward Paul McPherson Gallery, London
  • 2012 Bristol Royal Academy Autumn Exhibition
  • 2013 Blackheath Gallery, Spring Group Exhibition, 27th April-1 June
  • 2014  ‘Hooked & Smitten’ Joint exhibition Beka Smith & Mike Hookey at Paul Mc Gallery, Greenwich
  • 2014 Group Show on Minatures at Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London

Galleries

  • The Blackheath Gallery
  • Paul Mc Gallery Greenwich
  • Storm Fine Arts,. Burnham Market, Norfolk
  • Chimaera Gallery, Folkestone, Kent

Press Coverage

  • 2009 Featured artist in artists and Illustrators Magazine, November Issue
  • 2009 Article by Martin Newman, ‘www.themirror.co.uk’, October Issue
  • 2009 Green Pebble Magazine, October Issue
  • 2009 ‘Local Secrets’,October
  • 2009 ‘Cambridgeshire Journal’, October Issue
  • 2009 ‘My Kent’ September
  • 2011 Featured Artist in Artists and Illustrators Magazine Portfolio
  • 2012 Article in ‘The Greenwich Visitor’
  • 2014 Article in ‘The Greewwich Visitor’

Publicly owned Portraits

  • Portrait of Dr Leslie Wayper : Fitzwilliam College Cambridge
  • Pencil sketch of Dr Leslie Wayper Fitzwilliam College Cambridge
  • Portrait of Master of Fitzwilliam College Cambridge (Professor Robert Lethbridge)
  • Portrait of Emeritus Professor Rosemary Cramp : Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London
  • Portrait of Mrs Edwards Ashford School Kent
  • Portrait of Tatiana Macaire Ashford School Kent
  • Portrait of Elizabeth Phillips OBE St Marylebone C of E, London
  • Portrait of Baroness Onora O’Neil Of Belgrave British Academy London
  • Portrait of Jane Burnett Ashford School, Kent
  • Portrait of Paula Holloway Ashford School, Kent
  • Portrait of Nicky Padfield, Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Other

  • Featured artist on the Artists and Illustrators Website
  • Trustee of Ashford School Association
  • Representative for Second Floor Studios and Arts
  • Book Cover Design for Mark Edgar’s ‘A Pillar of Impotence’ Chipmunka Publishing 2011
  • Book Cover Design for Mark Edgar’s ‘Charon’s Ferry’ Chipmunka Publishing 2013
  • BBC Your Paintings Slide Show
  • The Daily Mirror, ‘Ego- Alter Ego’ Article
  • Artists in Our midst volume 2 Green Pebble Publishing
  • ‘500 Portraits’ by Sandy Nairne
  • International Contemporary Artists Volume IV [Paperback] 2012 1st Edition by Eve Lemonidou
  • Member of Board to Trustees Ashford School, Kent