Beverley-Jane Stewart, from St John’s Wood in London, has an honours degree in Education and Art from London University and later was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
She is married and has two grown-up daughters. Brought up in Clapham Common, South London, Beverley-Jane first worked as a primary school teacher whilst always nurturing her artistic flair in her spare time by sketching, drawing and painting visions that inspired and spoke to her.
During her childhood, Beverley-Jane immersed herself in the vibrant English community of South London and was fascinated by it.
Her grandparents ad parents however were born in the East End and her father used to buy cloth from Commercial Street for his tailoring business.
For that reason, the East End holds a special place in Beverly-Jane’s heart and to this day the East End represents an extraordinary London landmark that features heavily in some of her work.
Her career as a teacher in areas such as Brixton and Camberwell enabled her to develop a connection and understanding within the community. It’s that experience that has taught her the importance of public spirit.
Through the years Beverley-Jane has worked arduously and passionately slowly building an astonishing and ground breaking collection.
Beverley-Jane has won The Artist Book Club Award and the Evening Standard Art Award for London at Play.
Beverley-Jane’s work falls into three main categories; London Life, Jews in Prayer and Visual Stories.
It's her ability to produce paintings which effortlessly draw the audience in by making them feel part of her work which demonstrates her proficiency of perspective, it is though her latest work that is hailed as pioneering, revolutionary and innovative.
Beverley-Jane is using her art to tell significant stories relating to British Jews and it’s the fusing of the past and the present in her work that encourages and highlights the importance of acceptance, equality, tolerance and identity.
Through her work Beverly-Jane emphasises the significance of embracing the British multicultural society.
Examples of her work have been included in a number of publications; Sharman Kadish’s Book on ‘Building Jerusalem’, the cover of ‘Alderney Road Jewish Cemetery’ by Rabbi Bernard Susser’s, a series of fun designs for the Simcha Magazine when first launched and in March 2012 and her 'East End and Tottenham Home for Incurables' work was featured in 'Jewish London'. Her art work has been exhibited in The Guild Hall, Lloyds of London, Royal Festival Hall and the Jewish Museum, besides being reviewed in newspapers, magazines and on the radio. Her commissioned painting on 125 years of the United Synagogue has had numerous publications, including the cover for the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sack’s Book ‘Community of Faith’ and it is still decorating the walls in the Head Office.