Abstract paintings by Sophia Beccue on display at the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation | Culture & Leisure

Posted on April 24, 2021
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The artist expresses the beauty found in times of darkness

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‘Grief’ is a 9 inch x 12 inch watercolor and oil pastel on paper by Sophia Beccue. (Sophia Becue)

The upcoming Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation art exhibit will feature works by Santa Barbara artist Sophia Beccue.

Over the past two years, while living with cancer and a global pandemic, Beccue has come to grasp the deeper meaning of beauty – beauty born from dark times, experienced personally and collectively.

In December 2018, Beccue was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. In 2019, she entered partial remission and long-term treatment.

After struggling over the meaning of life and death and finding peace through her faith, she was better equipped to deal with the pandemic and her husband’s cancer diagnosis. She discovered not only beauty in darkness, but strength in the midst of weakness and brokenness.

His paintings are mostly abstract, done in watercolor and acrylic on paper and wood panels.

The emotional journey through cancer inspired Beccue to put her heart into her work with a calm mind. His dynamic compositions, imprinted with colors, movements and textures, capture the deep valleys as well as the sun with authenticity.

Born in Taiwan, Beccue immigrated to the United States as a teenager. She studied graphic design at San Diego State University and illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, and now focuses on fine art painting.

A member of the Santa Barbara Art Association, the Abstract Art Collective, and the Art Council of the Westmont-Ridley Tree Museum of Art, she has won numerous awards and has presented solo and group exhibitions. His art has been collected internationally.

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara (AFSB) has been dedicated to increasing the community’s appreciation of the built environment since 1983. The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House, 229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and weekdays by appointment.

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