Award-winning Artist Beverly Bigwood (Bigwood Art) received the highest compliment an artist can receive in their career; Beverly’s artwork was stolen from a Westwood Gallery along with a Miro, a Dali and a Lichtenstein, who Beverly considers as one of her inspirations.
A prolific artist, Beverly’s artwork has hung in over 100 solo and group gallery exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe including Guidonia – Montecelio, Rome, Italy; Von Grabill Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ; Seidman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Patton Duval Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Discovery Galleries in Culver City, CA and the DeVoron Gallery in the Los Angeles Pacific Design Center, among many others.
Her artwork has also adorned the walls of Universal Studios, Spago’s, Fred Hayman & Giorigo’s, Oracle Corporation, Borders Books & Music, Palm Springs Art Museum, and Fred Segal’s, to name a few.
Her creative designs were commissioned by DuPar’s Restaurant for an award-winning menu design, El Cholo Restaurant’s 60th Anniversary, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and 38 illustrations commissioned for a “Coffee en Vogue” specialty food publication in Munich, Germany and numerous other print publications seen worldwide.
Beverly’s formal art education began in Massachusetts at the prestigious School of the Worcester Art Museum. She began her career as an artiste du papier creating whimsical folk-art pieces in archival Canson paper to a huge success commercially and privately. Loving art in all mediums, she also creates in oil, acrylics, stone, wood, metal and clay. She has never stopped learning and expanding her knowledge of art.
Her list of international and domestic collectors include such notable art collectors as President of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun; former New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Koch, Henry Geldzahler; Restaurateur/Chef, Wolfgang Puck; Film Directors, Richard Donner, Jon Peters, and Garry Marshall; Actors Bill Cosby, Linda Gray, and Judd Hirsch; Granddaughter of Dr. Armand Hammer, Casey Hammer; The Honorable Senator Henry Waxman; and Prinzenessin Irene Zu Schleswig-Holstein, among numerous others.
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Beverly has donated her time and artwork to numerous charities over the course of her career. Philanthropic art donations include the LA Free Clinic, LA Magic Johnson Foundation, and the 12th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival where her artwork has graced brochures, tote bags, posters, banners, programs, t-shirts and other items. She also designed 125 drawings for a children’s coloring book and three gift cards used internationally for Starlight Foundation.
An Angel logo she created for Capital Drug’s new Alternative & Traditional Healthcare Division’s was displayed on a billboard over Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood for one year.
More recently, Beverly was hired by the City of Burbank to create, design and execute over 55 animal motifs for 275 feet of fence and nine corresponding metal gates for “Urban Meadows,” a Public Art Project located on Kling Street.
She then branched into mosaic tile work for another City of Burbank Public Arts Commission for an Olive Street entryway entitled, “Mii Amo.” This 123 square foot passageway was designed and executed with exquisite custom ceramic tiles which include a mosaic waterfall that cascades down the face of the risers.
Developing a love of sculpture and ceramics as a result of these experiences, Beverly began creating more personal three dimensional pieces which currently grace her home.
As a result of her expertise, she was accepted into the 3D Group, an organization of mixed media artists living and working in the South Bay.
As a member of the Palos Verdes Art Center, she was involved as the Chairperson for the Exhibition Committee, a Board of Director Member and an Advisory Committee Member for the past two years. Although an ongoing member, she has relinquished her corporate duties to re-enter the art world as an artist.
After almost five years creating in a three-dimensional universe, Beverly has returned to her first love, the sensuality of oil paint on canvas. Her past work has had a strong stylistic emphasis reminiscent of Indian, African and Caribbean influences which she attributes to her extensive international traveling experiences.
ART of the matter, Brentwood News, November 1996 (excerpt)