Carl Beam (Updated)

Almost 20 years ago in 2006, when I was at art school, I was looking into photocopy techniques in art and printmaking and came across the work of Carl Beam. I quickly fell in love with his process and work. Now in 2023 I am living in Canada and was invited to First Nations University for an outreach event. We were kindly offered lunch as part of the event. After grabbing a plate, I sat down at a table and an artwork on the wall next to me caught my eye. My head whipped around as I realised it was a Carl Beam Original! The I turn my head more and there are three more originals.

One image was behind a banner and I couldn't get a good picture.

Here's my original post from 2006:

On a separate note, I came across a Canadian artist called Carl Beam whilst researching photocopy transfer methods. Something about his work amazes me. I really like his composition and the idea behind his collage. Collage can often be too random and detached but Beam makes the images his own without it being too obsessive. Sadly, he passed away last year, hopefully I'll be able to dig up some more info about his life and work. Will post some images soon. Image hosting by Photobucket Image hosting by Photobucket Image hosting by Photobucket Images courtesy of this site


  1. Hi, my name is Anong Beam, I'm Carl Beams Daughter, I found your site, and I'm really glad that someone is looking at his techniques, he was a real innovator in photo transfer, and emulsion techniques. anyway, I just wanted to say thanks.

  2. I would love to see more recognition for him in future, and I’m sure that will happen. As I say I really enjoy the sense of narrative that comes from his work, the repeated images and symbols, it’s really powerful. The work has really changed some of my perceptions and really inspired me :) Good to hear from you.


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