Artist Talk: William Beckman | Life Drawing

Saturday, March 10 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Main Floor

This artist talk will take place Saturday, March 10th at 1:00pm in front of Mr. Beckman's drawings on the main floor. 

William Beckman was born in Maynard, Minnesota in 1942 and, after completing his undergraduate studies in his native state, studied art at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, receiving MA and MFA degrees in 1968. 

Beckman began his New York exhibition career in a group show focused on Iowa in 1968 and soon attracted the attention of Allan Stone, at whose gallery the Artist had his first one-person exhibition in 1970.  Notably, William Beckman was included in the landmark exhibition, Contemporary American Realism since 1960 organized in 1981 by Frank Goodyear at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  The show traveled to Virginia and California, and Beckman’ striking portrait and landscape had immediate and lasting impact. 

William Beckman has been the subject of single-artist painting exhibitions at the Huntington Museum of Art (WVA) in 1999; The Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA) in 2002; The National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC) in 2006; and a retrospective of his drawings at the Columbus Museum of Art (GA) and the Arkansas Art Center (Little Rock) in 2014-15. 

William Beckman is included in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum and the Arkansas Art Center as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Museum Moderne Kunst (Vienna, Austria), The Art Institute of Chicago, The Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), Flint Institute of Arts (MI), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), Columbus Museum of Art (GA), Des Moines Art Center (IA) and Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA). 

 Throughout his career, William Beckman has used conventional media in unconventional ways.  His unvarnished oil paintings on panel have a depth of image and surface quality uniquely his; it is achieved by a painstaking process of layering oil paint on the panel and polishing each layer by hand before applying another.  His oversize drawings, in charcoal on paper, make use of the charcoal dust and the grain of the paper in the creation of the powerful image. 

 William Beckman joined Forum Gallery in 1993.