Guy Beggs was born in South Africa in 1947. He studied fine art, first as an undergraduate at Maidstone College of Art 1964-1968, then as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy Schools, London, 1968-1971 followed by a final year at Goldsmiths College London 1971-1972.

He taught at Wimbledon School of Art and the SIr John Cass School of Art, where he became head of fine art and subsequently dean of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Design and Manufacture. He was founder and director of Metropolitan Works Creative Industries Centre at London Metropolitan University and a co-founder and director of London's Creative Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with the Royal College of Art.

Throughout his career he has exhibited extensively and his work is located in many private and public collections around the world including Tate Britain, The Museum of London, the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand and the Lethbridge Gallery, Canada.

His recent work uses landscape for a painting process that explores, mark-making surface, colour and composition. A sense of place, or the compelling nature of a motif, may lead to a descriptive outcome, but his primary concern is always with

making a painting rather than with painting a landscape.