Mary Francis Beeston 'Harvest of The Dark'

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Introducing Harvest of the Dark by Mary Beeston (1917-2002), a distinguished Australian artist born in Melbourne. Mary honed her artistic talent through formal education at Newcastle Technical College and further enriched her skills with a pivotal European art education and tour, a tradition embraced by many artists of her era.

Settling in the picturesque Hunter region upon her return to Australia, Mary forged a lasting artistic partnership by marrying fellow artist Larry Beeston. The Beeston couple gained renown for their collaborative masterpieces, notably the seminal tapestry work, The Hunter Tapestry. This remarkable piece, a collaboration with textile artist Rachel Frecker, was commissioned by Newcastle University and proudly graces the Great Hall of the institution.

Beyond collaborative projects, Mary Beeston achieved individual acclaim. Her oil painting Cooks Crossing stood out as a finalist in the 1960 AGNSW Wynne Prize, a testament to her skill and visionary approach to landscape art.

Preserved in esteemed institutions like the Newcastle Art Gallery and Newcastle University, Mary Beeston's artistic legacy endures, garnering ongoing celebration and appreciation. Harvest of the Dark, an original creation from 1972 during Marys residence in Kilaben Bay, New South Wales, is a unique masterpiece that beckons collectors of mid-century Australian female artists. Embrace the allure of this distinct piece, embodying Mary Beeston's enduring impact on the artistic landscape of the Hunter Valley and beyond.


Mary Francis BEESTON (1917 - 2002)
'Harvest of The Dark' 1972
oil on board
Image Size: 49 x 53 cm
Dimensions: 61 x 65 x 3 cm
Signed: Signed 'Mary Beeston' lower right; titled, signed and dated verso
Comes with Letter of Provenance

Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art's image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear to paper or frame. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to the paint surface.

(C) Mary Francis Beeston / Copyright Agency 2023