Martin Beck

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Martin Beck is an American painter.


About Martin Beck[edit]

  • The elegant simplifications of the human form, picked out with Beck's layered color, is reminiscent of the 19th-century Munich school, a style conceived to ennoble the human form and the very atmosphere it walks through. Beck crosses this up with his ugly folks and perverse demi-narratives. It is just the unpredictability of beauty and disgust mixing that arrests the viewer -- and sometimes makes him or her mad as a wet hen.
    • Bischoff, Dan (March 30, 2001). "Painter provokes with naked precision". The Sunday Star-Ledger. 
  • Mr. Beck says he once heard a visitor to one of his shows characterize the work as ‘Norman Rockwell gone bad.’ That sums up his territory: Mr. Beck seems determined to take America's pulse at the end of the century, and it races. Mr. Beck's sturdily built characters tend to smile a lot, but it's obvious that the smiles mask anxieties.
    • Zimmer, William (Sunday, May 24, 1998). "Not Much in Common, Except Commitment to a Vision". The New York Times. 
  • This artist is not afraid to paint at the top of his lungs. Beck's handling of pigment is professional, but everywhere subordinated to the themes he's painting. Its chalky flatness works almost as if he's stressing the fact that his painting is no Frenchified thing, but real American art.
    • Bischoff, Dan (March 29, 1998). "Three Jersey City Museum exhibitions mix media, messages". The Sunday Star-Ledger. 
  • Beck's complex figure compositions bring baroque spatial dynamics into the back yards of America. His individuals are either unhappily sexualized or awkwardly self aware, or both. They strain under the demands of pleasure, always terrified that they will reveal some forbidden part of their private psyches.
    • Huntington, Richard (May 17, 1996). "Easy Pleasures". The Buffalo News, Gusto. 

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