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Description: Original oil on canvas abstract painting by celebrated American artist Ken Beck (Born 1943). This painting is typical of his abstract works. It measures 40 inches x 55 inches, and it is signed and mounted, but unframed.

  • Notes: About The Artist: Ken Beck was born in Salem, MA and has been painting for more than 60 years.  As a highly distinguished artist, he has been a presence in the Boston art scene for decades.  Beck gained the admiration and respect of curators, critics, collectors, and most of all artists and students.  He taught at Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston) for 25 years. Aside from a lifetime of achievements as an artist, Beck is known for his scholarly mind and lively personality.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Goddard College and a doctorate in anthropology from Union College.  Beck went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and pursued advanced studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA. Beck paints with oil on canvas.  His numerous drawings and watercolors are equally accomplished.  Unknown to many of his closest associates, Beck produced smaller bodies of work in lithography, photography, sculpture, and collage. Beck's works remain rooted in the traditions of solid compositions, exquisite drawing, and beautiful color.  His subjects are mostly representational: still lifes, portraits, and landscapes.  However, with his perceptive concerns for texture, surface, and format, they often approach abstraction.  His signature works of simple objects, monumentalized and painted on a large scale, require a keen sensibility.  Beck boldly energizes areas of an object that may otherwise be uninteresting, such as the surface of a shiny cylinder or corrosion of an old cake pan, to create moments of transformation, not just as paintings, but forever in the viewer's eye and mind. Beck's work is in numerous public, private, and corporate collections.  The Boston Public Library has more than 90 of his drawings.  Among the numerous recognitions he has received are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a Pollock Krasner Award. For more than 30 years, he has been affiliated with Gallery NAGA and lived at the Piano Craft Guild.  Beck has always been honored and grateful to have both of these relationships in Boston and for his long career as an artist. Although Beck taught at other institutions and programs, he is most strongly affiliated with Lesley University and the Art Institute of Boston.  Initially hired to teach painting and drawing, it did not take long for Beck to branch out into other subjects. He designed a class, Abstract Painting, and another that was extremely popular, Abstract Drawing, which he taught strictly in ink wash.  His broader knowledge and mindfulness resulted in the development of two art history-based courses, Art and War, and Art and Anthropology.  Beloved for decades by young artists and admired by his colleagues, ultimately led to Beck receiving the Outstanding Teaching Award from Lesley Art and Design.
  • Provenance: Acquired from a Virginia Estate.
  • Dimensions: 40 inches x 55 inches
  • Artist Name: Ken Beck
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas Painting
  • Condition: Excellent

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