Biography


Lois 2.jpg (4982 bytes) LOIS BEUMER - nee Howden, is a Double Diploma graduate of Swinburne College of Art-Melbourne, Australia, where she was born. On graduating she worked at Arthur Merrick Boyd Potteries before setting up her own studio in Canterbury and exhibiting annually at Kozminsky’s Galleries in Melbourne. She was flattered to return to Swinburne as a teacher of Sculpture, Pottery and Drawing. Having grown up with artists in the family Lois was lured back to painting and in particular watercolour.

After her marriage, Lois lived and worked as a graphic artist in Sydney and later, with two small children, the family travelled the world and spent two years in Germany.

Since moving to Queensland in 1981 Lois began to specialise in watercolour and is overjoyed with the opportunities, satisfaction and the success it has brought her. In 1986 she instigated the formation of the Watercolour Society of Queensland of which she became the Inaugural President for its first three years. She is also a member of the Royal Queensland Art Society and the Half Dozen Group of Artists in Brisbane.

Lois’ delightful coffee table book ‘Aquarelle’ which contains 41 colour plates was published in 1991 in both English and German.

Lois has held 33 solo exhibitions - seven of which have been overseas. Lois was proud to be an exhibitor in the silver jubilee exhibition at Gallerie Melnikow Heidelberg in Germany in 1999. She has had three solo exhibitions at Gallerie Melnikow for which she has received a critique of acclaim from Dr Heide Seele in the Rhein Neckar Zeitung.

Lois travels annually painting and collecting reference for her work and conducts workshops and seminars both at home and abroad. She has a natural gift for teaching, is generous in sharing her knowledge, and delights in demonstrating her various techniques. She works intentionally in several different styles, adopting the one most suited to her subject. The inherent spontaneity of watercolour is reflected in Lois’ paintings as her passion for this medium intensifies. She delights in the simplification of her subject matter, be it the broad Australian landscape or the intricacies of European architecture.

Her work has been hung with the RWS in London and with the AWI, Sydney.

Lois has won many art awards including:

  • Sunshine Coast Art Group Watercolour Award (1990) - "Golden Fields";

  • Excellence in Art Award -Traditional, Nudgee College, Brisbane (1992) - "The Ebullient Sea";

  • Noosa Arts Award - Traditional (1995) - "Desert Rainbow ";

  • Sunshine Coast Art Group Local Artist (1997) - "Sunlight at Noon - Ica";

  • Royal Queensland Art Society Watercolour Award (1998) - " First Light of Day";

  • Combined Brisbane Rotary Clubs - Watercolour Award;

Lois is represented in corporate, shire and private collections throughout the world. She is listed in ‘Australian Watercolour Painters’ by Jean Campbell and in ‘Artists and Galleries in Australia’ by Max Germain.

Reference.jpg (87582 bytes)    This letter, from a student of Lois Beumer's, is testimony to her flair for teaching.

 

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1954     Kozminsky Galleries, Melbourne, Australia;

  • 1955     Kozminsky Galleries, Melbourne, Australia;

  • 1956     Kozminsky Galleries, Melbourne, Australia;

  • 1960     Greenwhich Village Gallery, Kirra, Queensland, Australia;

  • 1984     Staff Club, University of Queensland, Australia;

  • 1985     Staff Club, University of Queensland, Australia;

  • 1988     Dysart, Queensland, Australia;

  • 1988     Staff Club, University of Queensland, Australia;

  • 1988     Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane, Australia;

  • 1989     Gallerie Melnikow, Heidelberg, Germany;

  • 1989     Warendorf, Germany;

  • 1989     Oberhausen, Germany;

  • 1991     Park Road Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - Book launch of "Aquarelle";

  • 1991     Gallerie Melnikow, Heidelberg, Germany - Book launch of "Aquarelle";

  • 1992     Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane, Australia;

  • 1993     Blue Marble Gallery, Maroochydore, Australia;

  • 1993     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia;

  • 1993     Hotel Residence, Herrenberg, Germany;

  • 1994     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia;

  • 1994     Manly Gallery, Brisbane, Australia;

  • 1995     Gallerie Melnikow, Heidelberg, Germany;

  • 1995     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "The Many Moods of Fraser";

  • 1996     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "Romancing the Stone";

  • 1997     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "Countries Visited - Focus on South America";

  • 1998     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "Cadenza Europa";

  • 1998     Ferres Gallery, Staunton, England

  • 1998     State Gallery, Metro Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia - "Captured Moments";

  • 1999     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "Windows to the Old World";

  • 2000     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "Old World Charm";

  • 2001     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "Opus 01";

  • 2002     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "Aquarelle 2002";

  • 2003     Toowoomba Grammar Arts Show - Featured Artist;

  • 2003     Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Australia - "as I see it";

 

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