John Beadle was born in Nassau in 1964, the son of a Jamaican man and a Bahamian woman. He began his formal fine art studies at The College of the Bahamas, where after having completed the core subjects of the program he transferred.
He received a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an MFA in Painting at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, with a period also of studying in Rome, Italy. In 1991, Beadle was named Emerging Artist of Latin America & the Caribbean in Nagoya, Japan, and in 2008 his work was featured in the documentary Artists of The Bahamas.
Exhibitions and residencies include: Big River 3 International Artists’ Workshop, Aripo, Trinidad (2006); Funky NassauNassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany (2006); 5th Insaka International Artists Workshop, Livingston, Zambia(2010); Caribbean Pavilion at the Liverpool Biennial (2010); travelling exhibition, Master Artists of The Bahamas (2012); The John Beadle Project, solo show at The National Art Galleryof The Bahamas (2013); Internationale D’Art ContemporainMartinique, Biennial in Martinique (2014);EN MAS’: Carnival and Performing Ang Art of the Caribbean, New Orleans, (2015), travelled to Nassau and Cayman Islands (2016), and to the Dustable Museum of African American History, the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco and the Ulrick Museum in Kansas (2017-18); Nassau Calling, Hilger Brotkunsthalle, Vienna (2016); Overseas: Contemporary Art in Cuba and The Bahamas, Halle14, Leipzig Germany (2017); We Suffer to Remain, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau, with the British Council (2018).