With a loose, gestural approach, North Carolina based painter Dan Beck appears to have applied paint to his canvasses with wild abandon — belying the carefully controlled values and nuanced color choices that make his compositions so effective.
His vigorous application of rough-edged shapes dissolve many of his edges, leaving key sharp edged contrasts to define forms and move the viewer’s eye through the painting. In many cases, the effect is one of forms emerging from chaos.
Beck works in oil and pastel. His primary focus is figures and faces, though he applies similar sensibilities to landscape and still life subjects.
Several of Beck’s pieces are on display until October 14, 2015 at the Beaufort Art Market in Beaufort, NC, where he recently conducted a workshop. I’ve listed other galleries below.