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Dan Beck - Contemporary Impressionist

Dan Beck - Biography

Dan Beck is the recipient of three national awards in 2016: Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, American Impressionist Society National Exhibition and Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition. He is also the Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Previous awards include six awards of excellence with Oil Painters of America (three National and three Regional).  He has also won two consecutive Raymar Art Competition Awards of Excellence, Award of Excellence with Salon International, a first place, a second place and eight finalists with Boldbrush Art competition. Dan has had feature articles in “American Art Collector”, “Southwest Art”, “American Artist”, "Art of the West" magazines and "Art Talk". His paintings were selected for the covers of November 2008 “Southwest Art” and September 2011 “Art of the West”. Dan has been invited to many nationally prominent shows such as “American Art Invitational”, “American Art in Miniature” and “Great American Figurative Show”. He has also exhibited his works in many successful solo and group shows in galleries across the country. 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. 

Membership:   Oil Painters of America  (OPA) signature member

                        American Impressionist Society (AIS) signature member

Awards & Invitationals:

- OPA Eastern Regional Exhivision 2016, Award of Excellence - Juried by Charles Cox

- American Impressionist Society National Exhibition 2016, Honorable Mention - Juried by Calvin Liang

-  OPA National Exhibition 2016, Best Signature Honorable Mention – Juried by Kevin Macpherson

-  OPA National Exhibition 2011, Gold Medal – Juried by Scott Christensen

-   American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition 2009, Award of Merit

-   Boldbrush Competition:

      Finalist, January 2013

      Best of Show, February 2012

      Finalist, January 2012

      Finalist, May 2011

      Finalist, April 2011

      Finalist-Outstanding Abstract, April 2010

      Finalist, February 2010

      Finalist, January 2010

      Finalist, November 2009

      2nd Place, June 2009

-    Raymar Art Competition 2007-2008 & 2008-2009, Finalist/Award of Excellence

-    OPA Regional Show 2009, Silver Medal – Juried by Jeffrey Watts

-    OPA National Exhibition 2009, Award of Excellence – Juried by Kevin Mcpherson

-    OPA National Exhibition 2008, Award of Excellence – Juried by Ramon Kelley

-    OPA Regional Show 2008, Award of Excellence

-    OPA National Exhibition 2007, Award of Excellence – Juried by Quang Ho

-    OPA Regional Show 2007, Award of Excellence – Juried by Jeff Legg

-    American Art Invitational, Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado 2012

-    American Art in Miniature 2008 &2009, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Oklahoma

-    Settlers West Miniature Show (Invitational) 2007-2012

-    Salon International 2007 & 2008, Greenhouse Gallery. Award of Excellence, 2008

-    Great American Figurative Show, Invitational, 2007-2012, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

-    Fall Classic Invitational 2001-2012, Hamilton, Montana


Cape Fear Living Magazine, January 2017. “Dan Beck, Iconic Abstract Impressionist”- on the Language of Painting by Marimar McNaughton

Wrightsville Beach Magazine, April 2015. “Light Beckons” by Meghan Barnes

American Art Collector, October 2013. “Out of the Ordinary”

Art of the West, November 2011. “Keeping the Adventure Alive” Vicki Stavig

American Artist, October 2009. “Intuitive Painting” Steve Doherty

American Art Collector, September 2009. “Quiet Dignity”

Southwest Art, November 2008. “A Painter’s Playlist” Rose Frederick

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 

About the Artist:

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. Dan has studied at the Art Student League of Denver, with numerous contemporary painters and has continuously studied the impressionist masters.

Equally adept at figurative, still-life and landscape, Dan paints both oils and pastels and feels 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 to the viewer that resonates on a uniquely personal level."

Dan now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters.  
Dan Beck
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