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Michael Beck

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Birthplace
California

Birth year
1943

Lives in
Oakland, CA

Works in
Oakland, CA

Website

Representing galleries
Paul Thiebaud Gallery, Lora Schlesinger Gallery

Tags
realism

Statement

 This new body of work explores the boundaries of what is an acceptable object in a fine art painting. Most still life paintings are filled with objects that have already been assigned an aesthetic value. They are objects most of us would be proud to own. The objects I choose are ordinary, out of use, out-dated remnants of our culture. I like to think of them as archaeological finds. Their oddness is meant to create a sense of confusion or question. A person finding a never-before-seen object on an archaeological dig might feel that same sensation. Each object is presented straight on, forcing the viewer to consider it alone. Isolated in the painting, the objects have no other reference but themselves. And yet they can conjure up references beyond their own experience. They invite flights of fantasy, stories designed by the individual viewer. These stories are the biographies that I try to elicit from the viewer, hoping they gain a new insight about what an object is, or how it can been seen.

CV

BORN:

November 14, 1943

San Diego, California

EDUCATION:

1971-73 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1984 M.F.A. in Painting with High Distinction, California College of Arts and

Crafts, Oakland, CA

TEACHING:

1980 Guest Instructor (Painting), California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1984-85 Instructor (Watercolor), Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

1987 Instructor (Watercolor), Art Trek, South of France Tour, France

1992-93 Instructor (Watercolor), Walnut Creek Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA

AWARDS:

1973 Top Purchase Prize, James D. Phelan Award, San Francisco Foundation of Art, San Francisco, CA

1994 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Adaptive Re-use, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Cancun Restaurant (murals), Berkeley, CA

1994 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Exterior Renovation, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Residence @ 1510 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA

2000-present Visual Aid, Art Voucher Program, San Francisco, CA

2002-3 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY

2006 Direct Art Magazine, Volume 13, Fall 2006 Special Edition

2007 Artoteque.com, Work on Display, Award of Distinction

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

1982 Brook House, Orinda, CA, Michael Beck Watercolors, September- October

1984 California College of Arts And Crafts, Oakland, CA, Michael Beck: Transitions in Watercolor

1985 Victor Fischer Galleries, Oakland, CA, Michael Beck: Recent Work

2003 Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY, Paintings2005 Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Michael Beck: Biography.March-April

2005 Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Michael Beck: Biography,

2006 333 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA, Michael Beck: The Object-Straight On , April-June

2007 Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Michael Beck: New Realities, May-June

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

1973 The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, Painting: James D. Phelan Awards, May-June

Clark Pollack Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, New Realism II: West Coast Media/East Coast Graphics, July-August

Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Gallery Artists

 1974 Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA, Northern California Artists

1976 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, Some Berkeley People and Places, June-July

1977 Kaiser Collectors Gallery, Kaiser Center, Oakland, CA, Bay Area Artists Collectors Exhibition, March-April

The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, The Art Guild-Contemporary Arts Committee: Bay Area Artists Exhibition Sale (BAAES), June

Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, 20 Bay Area Painters

1978 Western Association of Art Museums (in cooperation with the California Arts Council), Bay Area Painters, February 1978-November 1979. Circulated and traveled to:

~Chevron USA Gallery, San Francisco, CA, in cooperation with Art Programs, Inc., February-March 1978

~Gavilan College Gallery, Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA, April-May 1978

~Anchorage Historical & Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, Alaska, July- August 1978

~Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, Washington, September- October, 1978

~Humboldt Cultural Center, Eureka, CA, November 1978

~Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, January 1979

~Redding Art Center, Redding, CA, February-March 1979

~Yakima Valley College, Yakima, WA, April 1979

~University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, May-June 1979

~Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, August 1979

~Federal Reserve Program, Washington D.C., September-November 1979

1979 The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, The Art Guild-Contemporary Arts Committee Invitational Bay Area Artists Exhibition Sale (BAAES), June

1980 Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, Realism: Paintings of Landscapes, Cityscapes and Interiors, January-March

E.B. Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA, 55th Annual Crocker- Kingsley Annual Exhibition, May-June

1981 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KA, Two Watercolorists, October- December

The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, The Art Guild-Contemporary Arts Committee Invitational Bay Area Artists Exhibition Sale (BAAES), October

Brook House, Orinda, CA, Group Show: Painters and Printmakers, July-August

1982 Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA, Liquid Light: Watercolor Beyond the Traditional, June-July

Redding Museum, Redding, CA and Shasta College, Redding, CA, Northern California Realist Painters, November

1984 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, M.F.A. Exhibition, April

1985 William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, West Coast Realism/East Coast Realism

1985 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, Richmond Works

1986 William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Works on Paper Summit Art Center, Summit, New Jersey, Objects Observed

1987 Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID, American Realists

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Works on PaperShasta College Gallery, Redding, CA, Watercolors

Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, CA, Watercolors

Tatistcheff & Company Inc., New York, NY, California Two

Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK, Collector's Choice Exhibition

Tatistcheff & Company Inc., New York, NY, 10 Artists

1989 Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, Watercolor: Contemporary Currents, March-April

Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID, American Realists, August-September

1990 Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA, Contemporary Realist Painting: Perception and Experience, June-July

The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN, Watercolors

1991 Leslie Levy Fine Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, January-February

Valley Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA, 2 X 2 X 2: Interaction and Independence

1994 Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY, The Art of Watercolor

1996-97 Champion International Corporation, Stamford, CT, Hearth and Home, December-April

2001 Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY, Ten New Artists, July

CBS Marketwatch, San Francisco, CA, Making Bridges, Oct-Jan

2002 Pacific Place, San Francisco, CA, Jan-Mar

Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY, Summer Show, July-Aug

2003 Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY, Summer Show, Aug

Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA, SPICE, August

2004 Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY, Group Show, January

San Francisco LGBT Center, San Francisco, CA, Living Proof, Apr-May

2005 Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Looking Back and Seeing Forward, Jan-Feb

San Francisco International Art Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, January

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Visual Aid at Sixteen, Apr-June

Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Favorites, Sept-Oct

Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, International Auto Show, Nov-Dec

2006 San Francisco LGBT Center, San Francisco, CA, Healing Force,

Space 743, San Francisco, CA, about still life, June-July

Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Preview 2007, Dec

2007 Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, Duck Soup, June-July

Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, CCA at CCG (part of the

California College of Arts Centennial Celebration), Oct-Nov

Hunsaker Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, The Toy Show,Nov-Dec

2008 Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, 22ndAnnual International Juried Show, Feb-March

Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA, Home Front, March-July

ArtZone 461, San Francisco, CA, Here & Now, June-Aug

Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Direct Encounters: The Essence of Portraiture, July-Sept

COLLECTIONS (selected):

The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Redding Museum, Redding, CA

Buena Vista College Art Museum, Storm Lake, Iowa

Otis Elevator Corporation, CT

Citibank, New York

FMC Corporation, Washington, DC

SeaVest Partners, CT

McKinsey & Company, New York

Cahill, Gordon, Reindel, New York

Ernst & Whinney, New York

Exxon Corporation, Irving, TX

Clorox Inc., Oakland, CA

Chemical Bank, New York

Kaiser Industries, Oakland, CA

Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, CA

Kaiser Hospital, Pleasanton, CA

Glen Jans Collection, Sun Valley, ID

Swanledge Corporation, Cambridge, MA

AT&T, Baskinridge, NJ

Recent Exhibits

Michael Beck participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 Special Master Painting Workshop with Michael Beck
Richmond Art Center
 
Feb, 2014 Gallery Artists Group Show
Lora Schlesinger Gallery
 
Jan, 2014 'The Language of Realism' Artist Talk
Richmond Art Center
 
Jan, 2014 The Language of Realism
Richmond Art Center
 
Sep, 2013 Michael Beck: Objects of Desire
Paul Thiebaud Gallery (SF)
 
Jul, 2013 Summer Group Show
Lora Schlesinger Gallery
 
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