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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland 22 May 1949, Ray Beattie travelled extensively in Europe and North Africa in 1965-1967. He arrived in Sydney 1967 and served in the Vietnam War between 1969 and 1971.
In 1971 Beattie settled in Perth and studied at Claremont Technical School from 1971 to 1973 and printmaking at Perth Technical College in 1974. He was appointed tutor in printmaking at Western Australian Institute of Technology 1975. In 1978 he studied at the Victorian College of the Arts where he later became artist-in-residence. In 1981 he was tutor in printmaking at the Western Australian Institute of Technology and later in that year was artist-in-residence at Griffith University, Queensland. Beattie works in colour etching, aquatint and screenprints. He also exhibits paintings and sculpture.