William Beckman | Bathers

Presented by Forum Gallery

Location: Main Floor

Bathers, 2018
Charcoal on paper
98 ¾ x 72 inches paper size

William Beckman was born in Maynard, Minnesota and studied art at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, receiving MA and MFA degrees in 1968. 

Throughout his career, William Beckman has used 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 process of layering oil paint on the panel and polishing each layer by hand before applying another. 

William Beckman’s portraits were the subject of a solo exhibition at the opening of the newly-situated National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC in 2006. More recently, his drawings were honored with a retrospective exhibition organized by the Columbus Museum, GA, and then traveled to the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. His work is included in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, DC, the Columbus Museum, GA, the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Museum Moderner Kunst (Vienna, Austria), The Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), Columbus Museum of Art (GA), and Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA).