The Nevica Project

Billy Bob Beamer

Billy Bob Beamer (b. 1947) is an artist working in small formats with a desire to create compositions through use of meditational and labor-intensive techniques.  He has exhibited in over 60 solo, juried/curated, and invitational art shows throughout the USA and at the Ancient High House Museum, Staffordshire, UK. His art works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Virginia's Governor's Mansion, the Virginia Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, and the estate of noted art/cultural historian, Roger Shattuck. Currently, in addition to his own drawing, Beamer teaches classes in "drawing as quiet active meditation" to relieve pain and stress. In January and February of 2011, Beamer exhibited with Wes Mills and other internationally known artists at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. The exhibit featured work done by those who use meditation as a primary vehicle for creating. Mr. Beamer says, "My best way to express incalculable enormity is to create its contrasting opposite, as seen in these small drawings." Beamer, a sociology graduate of the College of William and Mary, is also a retiree from the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Social Services, and an award-winning trumpeter, with a 40 year week-end career playing jazz, R & B, blues, and other types of music. Billy Bob and his wife, Kathy, live in Bedford County, Virginia. "At this time, I am concentrating on drawing--- that most basic mode of communication -- in a small format. To paraphrase Blake: "the universe lies in a grain of sand."