Beverley-Jane Stewart is an Award-winning artist from St John’s Wood in London. She has an honours degree in Education and Art from London University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Beverley-Jane's immigrant grandparents settled in Hackney in 1890 and moved to Clapham where her mother was born. Her father was born in the East End. Brought up in South London, Beverley-Jane worked initially as a primary art school teacher whilst nurturing her artistic flair in her spare time.
Beverley-Jane's early work shows London life scenes and the relationship of buildings to people. With this work she received The Artist Book Club Award and the Evening Standard Art Award for London at Play. In later years, she concentrated on Synagogue services, her unique style of figurative painting combined with the splendour of these buildings make these services come alive. The latest phase of Beverley-Jane's work goes beyond the buildings, linking the synagogue with local history and community. The historical association of being an immigrant and contributing to British society is heavily researched applying the past to present. She sees herself as a visual writer, enjoying an on-going exploration of the relationship between Jewish and British identity.
In 2014, Beverley-Jane staged her debut solo exhibition, 'Spirit Recaptured', at Trinity House Gallery in Mayfair.
In 2016, she was commissioned to do the cover and illustrations for The Jewish Community of Golders Green: A Social History by Pam Fox. The book sold 3,000 copies within the year and is now in its third edition. Beverley-Jane is also a member of The London Print Studios and the East London Printmakers and in 2016 she exhibited twice on the theme of immigration.
Beverley-Jane's latest work, Balfour Accomplished, will commemorate this year's 100 year Anniversary of the historic document dated 2nd November 1917. This work will be unveiled as the centrepiece of an event dedicated to the Balfour at this year's Jerusalem Biennale (1st October – 16th November 2017). Leading Israeli Gallery, The Rosenbach Contemporary in Jerusalem, is also representing Beverley-Jane, selling original works during the 2017 Biennale.
Examples of her work can be seen in Sharman Kadish's Book on ‘Building Jerusalem’, Rabbi Bernard Susser's 'Alderney Road Jewish Cemetery', the Simcha Magazine, and, in 2012 her 'East End and Tottenham Home for Incurables' in 'Jewish London'. Her commissioned painting on 125 years of United Synagogue, hanging in their Head Office, has had numerous publications, including the cover for the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sack's Book 'Community of Faith'. A painting of the Lloyds of London building was subsequently purchased by Lloyds of London.