Archive for May 8, 2012

Artists working with the face and figure…..Dan Beck….

A clip showing an opening at a gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Mr. Beck is the gentleman with the mustache and lean build around 35 seconds or so into the clip.

This artist has made a name for himself in the art world over the past 3 to 4 years. He has won prizes at the national Oil Painters of America society for his portraits. An impressionistic painter who is quite prolific in his output.In 2011 he won a purchase prize for $25,000. Six years in a row he has won an OPA prize.

The artist was born in 1957. Went to college for a brief while at the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado. His parents were in the Air Force.

Has work in the Littleton Art Musuem in Colorado.

on line and land based galleries: Abend Gallery in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.,914

Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, California.

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery in Evergreen, Colorado.

mediums used:  oils and pastels

low price range: $1,000

high price range: $8,000

Has appeared in many national art magazines such as American Art Collector and Southwest Art magazines.

Besides painting the figure he also paints quiet cityscapes of cities on the water like Paris or Venice.

After high school the artist traveled for ten years working various jobs such as a ranch hand, construction worker, and he even joined the army serving four years and two years in Germany.He then sold everything and devoted himself to his artwork studying at the Denver Art Students League.

He is now based out of Lakewood, Colorado. He is married and has two daughters.

The artist credits his studies at the Art Student’s League of Denver and workshops with such as artists as Quang Ho, Ron Hicks, Richard Schmid, Carolyn Anderson, and Mark Daily as vital to his success.

The artist is highly sought after as a teacher.

A link to the artist’s own website.

Look for great things to come from this artist.  The Oil Painters of America will be having a show in Denver this fall, hopefully this artist will be included.

From a design standpoint I enjoy the many greys found in his works. Also I enjoy imagining the softness of certain items such as skin or satin/ silk nightgowns.  If you take a second to check out some gallery works visit the Greenhouse Gallery and look at some of the artist’s sunsets. The use of lighting and color is extraordinary. A great painter of the contemporary figure I encourage you to see his work in person if you have the opportunity.

Happy painting!