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Dan Beck Painter

  1. 1. 17.07.09 11:14 PM
  2. 2. Wanderlust was Dan's primary motivation in the decade following his graduation from high school. Dan took to the road, working jobs that included ranch hand in Arizona, construction on the beach of Florida, refinishing furniture in Louisiana and four years in the infantry, including a two year tour in Germany. Wherever he went, Dan filled sketch books and journals for his own enjoyment. Then in Colorado after a couple of years in college, he realized the thing that meant most to him was his sketch books. So he quit his job and college, sold everything he had and decided that commitment to one path was where all the previous had led him. Now Dan Beck is an award winning artist and sought after teacher. His paintings have found collectors in both the private and corporate world on a national level as well as from such diverse places as Canada, Japan and the Middle East. He is in the permanent collection of the Littleton Historical Museum and has exhibited with the Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona. He has been invited to show in several national invitationals including the annual American Miniature Show at Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona and the annual "Fall Classic" in Hamilton, Montana. Dan's work has also been featured in "Southwest Art", "Art of the West" magazines and "Art Talk". He is a member of Oil Painters of America.
  3. 3. Equally adept at figurative, still-life and landscape, Dan paints both oils and pastels and fees he is firmly rooted in the tradition of Impressionism. His love of nature and a deep respect for the tradition of art serve as both guide and inspiration to his goal of "making a contribution" to the world of painting. Dan's paintings evoke a timelessness and dignity that are the underlying themes in whatever he paints. As to his working methods, Dan works quickly and loosely in the beginning, covering the whole surface to establish his major shapes and drawing. Then he slows down and lets the emerging image dictate the way the painting will be finished. "Painting is a balancing act between opposite ideas - direct observation and instinct, control and spontaneity, even between the literal and the symbolic. It seems to me that although a painter is deeply involved with his own private investigation, his real aim is to communicate something that only the person looking at the painting really understands." Dan now lives in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife and two daughters. _______ OPA National Exhibition 2009, Award of Excellence - Juried Kevin Macpherson OPA National Exhibition 2008, Award of Excellence - Juried Ramon Kelley OPA National Exhibition 2007, Award of Excellence - Juried Quang Ho OPA Regional Show 2007, Award of Excellence -Juried Jeff Legg Settlers West Miniture Show (Invitational) 2007 & 2008 Salon International (Juried) 2007 & 2008, Greenhouse Gallery. Award of Excellence, 2008 Great American Figurative Artists Show, Invitational, 2007, Waterhouse Gallery Featured Article, Latitude Magazine, Fall 2007 Fall Classic Invitational, 2007 Featured in Southwest Art "Collector's Choice"
  4. 4. Education: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Additional Studies and Workshops: Ramon Kelley, Zhang Wenxin, Richard Schmid, Carolyn Anderson, Ron Hicks, Quang Ho and Mark Daily Membership: Oil Painters of America Portrait Society of America Signing member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast Faculty member: Cottonwood Art academy, Colorado Springs Permanent Collection: Littleton Historical Museum Publication: Latitude, Fall 2007. "On the Canvas" by Michelle Corriel Southwest Art, October 2006. "Collector's Choice" Guzzie Fauntleroy Southwest Art, November 2003. "Art Events-Colorado" by Bonnie Gangelhoff Southwest Art, February 2003. "Art Events-Colorado" by Southwest Art editors Southwest Art, June 1999. "Best of the West" by Leslie Busler and Bonnie Gangelhoff Art of the West, February 1999. "The Mission Continues" by Vicki Stavig
  5. 5. Exhibitions: November 2007 The Great American Figurative Artists Invitational Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California November 2007 Miniature Show, Planet Bronze Art Gallery, Bozeman, Montana September 2007 OPA Central Regional Juried Exhibitions, South Wind Gallery, Topeka, Kansas. Award of Excellence September 2007 Three Person Show, Wilder Nightingale Gallery, Taos, New Mexico May 2007 Oil Painters of America Annual Juried Exhibition, Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas. Award of Excellence May 2007 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas April 2007 Northern Colorado Artist Association 16th Annual Exhibition, Ft Collins Colorado. Award of Honorable Mention March 2007 One Man Show, Heddenart Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona 2007 Raymar Art Panel Contest, 6 selected in 2007 for the finalists. 2007-2008 Annual American Miniatures, Settler's West Galleries, Tucson Arizona 2006 Oil Painters of America 15th Annual Juried Exhibition, Missoula, Montana 2006 15th National Art Exhibition, Juried, Fort Collins, Colorado 1999-2007 Fall Classic Invitationals, Hamilton, Montana 1997-2003 Annual One Man/Two People Shows, Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, Colorado 1998-2001 Anniversary All Gallery Show, Shriver Gallery, Taos, New Mexico 1998 50th Anniversary Rigional Show, Colorado Springs, Art Guild, Best of Show 1998 "The Figure in Art", Guest Artist, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado 1997 Two Person Show, Long Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona 1996 Light & Color Second Annual Exhibit, first place, pastel 1996 One Man Show, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Tesas
  6. 6. 1995 One Man Show, Fine Art at Cherry Creek, Denver, Colorado 1995 Pastel Society of the west Coast Exhibition, juried, Sacramento, California 1995 Four Person Show, Taos Traditions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico 1995 Phippen Museum Artists of the Southwest, Prescott, Arizona 1992-1996 Artists of the West Annual Exibition/Colorado Springs Rotary Club Show, Colorado 1994-1995 Annual Exhibition Benefiting the Women's Crisis Center, Colorado 1994 Pastel Society of America Annual Show, New York City 1994 Cancer League of Denver Annual Benefit Show, Denver, Colorado 1993-1994 Nude in Art, Scottsdale, Arizona 1993-1994 National Miniature Show, Edina, Minnesota 1991-1994 Art Students League of Denver Alumni Show, Denver, Colorado 1991-1993 "Small Treasures", Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado 1993 "April in Bloom", Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado 1988 Sedona Art Barn Annual Show, Sedona, Arizona - First Place, pastel