Beaver began painting for the Ceduna Aboriginal Arts annd Culture Centre in 2005. His earlier paintings were influenced by his grandmother's Dreaming stories of the Bunda Cliffs along the Great Australian Bight in South Australia, including images of whales and ocean themes. He is now more influenced by his grandfather's Dreaming of Malu Tjuta (many kangaroos) and some of his paintings include depictions of kangaroos within vast open landscapes. Beaver also paints portraits its and in 2008, after a workshop with Siv Grava and John Turpie, he completed My Jammu, My Grandfather, a portrait of Stanley Lennon.

Beaver paints in a realistic style and his landscapes capture the distinctive open skies and vast expanses of country with an extraordinary degree of depth, inviting the viewer to step into his world.

He favours the effects of early morning or late afternoon light with romantic skies of rolling clouds that reflect the colours found underfoot. Through astute observational recordings he maps out his deep connection to country.

EXHIBITIONS

  • Our Mob, Artspace – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Red Poles Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Desert to Dunes, Port Lincoln, SA, 2010
  • Making Tracks: A Glimpse at Two Decades of Aboriginal Art in South Australia, Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, 2009
  • Ngarlurgu, Tandanya – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Institute, Adelaide, 2009
  • Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Awards, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Qld, 2008
  • Fleurieu Peninsula Youth Scholarship Award (Finalist), Hardy’s McLaren Vale, SA, 2006
  • Deadly: Between Heaven & Hell, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, 2013
  • tough(er) love: art from eyre peninsula, curated by John Neylon, Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, then touring until 2015
  • Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2012
  • returning, connecting, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, 2013

AWARDS

  • Our Mob – Inaugural Acquisitive Art Prize, Adelaide Festival Centre, 2010
  • Selected Finalist – Fleurieu Peninsula Youth Scholarship Award, 2006
  • Honoured Citizen Award for Service to Arts, Reconciliation Week, Ceduna, 2007

PUBLICATIONS

  • Deadly – In between heaven and hell, curated by Fulvia Mantelli and Renee Johnson, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., exhibition. cat. 2012.
  • tough(er) love. art from eyre peninsula, John Neylon, Country Arts SA, exhibition catalogue, 2013
  • Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013, Art Gallery of Western Australia, exhibition. cat. 2013