Guy Begbie is an interdisciplinary artist, bookbinder, book arts workshop provider & a visiting university associate lecturer who is based in West Wales, UK. He makes works that examine parallels between bookbinding structures and architectural/sculptural forms.
In his arts practice, he uses methods of production that include traditional and unorthodox bookbinding, paper engineering, drawing/collage, painting, printmaking, sculptural construction/casting and filmmaking. He uses non-linear narrative image and text content and makes reference to time-based characteristics inherent in the book form, investigating the book in transition from a folded 2D closed object to a 3D open and expanded construction. His works can be opened out and configured as freestanding, displayed structures. As well as being viewed in the round in a sculptural manner, the same book works can also be held in the hands for a more intimate tactile/haptic engagement, thumbing through/turning pages, unfolding and manipulating the book to juxtapose multi-configurations of non-linear narrative content.
Guy Begbie’s books allude to a mapping of the spatial qualities of site and location as experienced when moving through both natural and built environments. They are responses to an immersive and often peripatetic experience, contextualised as a distillation of place and the fleeting moment.
Guy Begbie exhibits his work and delivers independent book arts workshops internationally. In 2016 he delivered book arts masterclasses at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, where he also gave the Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Lecture 2016. He was a recipient of a Manly Library Artist’s Book Award 2017 and during 2016-17, he engaged in three artists’ residencies in Australia, researching & developing new works at Queensland College of Art, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Griffith University, Brisbane; Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra and Cicada Press, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Guy’s work has been acquired by private, state & university library artists’ book collections in the UK and Australia.
UWE Bristol, City Campus at Bower Ashton, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT.