Mark Beard, ‘Athlete in the Nude’, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Mark Beard, ‘Athlete in the Nude’, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Mark Beard, ‘Athlete in the Nude’, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Mark Beard, ‘Athlete in the Nude’, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Mark Beard, ‘Athlete in the Nude’, Carrie Haddad Gallery

oil on canvas
14.75 x 11.75 x 1.5 inches in thin black painted wood stripping

This vertical, contemporary painting completed in an Academic style of a nude male athlete posing with a shot put was made by artist, Mark Beard, who goes by the fictitious painterly persona, Bruce Sargeant. The pale blue-grey male nude can be likened to a Classical Greek statue engaged in a contrapposto stance with a heightened arm, balancing a brown shot put. Blush red flesh tones contrast against the athlete's stone-like grey blue skin. The figure stands in concentration against a charcoal grey background of thin layered paint in loose, gestural brushstrokes. Complimented in a simple black painted wood stripping, the artist completed this painting on canvas and signed the work 'B. Sargeant' in the upper right corner in red paint.

Painted in a style that evokes the portraits of John Singer Sargent, Mark Beard is the living artist who paints under the pseudonym "Bruce Sargeant".

Series: Mark Beard is perhaps the most literal example of an artist pulled in so many different directions that he chose to “invent” six different personae in which to channel his overflowing energy and need for expression. Each painting style is radically different from the next, so it remains entirely believable that the work could stem from six completely different people of different time periods and different schools of thought. With a background in set design, Beard has always been one who could conjure total magic with anything available. For this exhibit, he returns as the beloved 20th century painter from England, Bruce Sargeant, featuring a parade of Arcadian scenes suggesting afternoons of young men sporting in the countryside, rowing, bicycling, hunting or wrestling. Clean shaven, well manicured youths pose casually, indulging every opportunity to display a titillating flex of stone-like musculature. Like modern Greek statues, Beard paints these prestigious figures oftentimes in pairs of twos and threes in a lazy state of beautiful passivity. Mark Beard keeps himself fresh with challenge, undertaking ambitious commissions and committing to weekly sketch sessions with live models in his Manhattan studio. The result of this dedicated practice is a stunning array of graphite and conte crayon drawings on Arches paper. Mark Beard has exhibited with Carrie Haddad Gallery for nearly twenty years and there has never been a dull moment.

Signature: Upper right corner in red paint, 'B. Sargeant'

Image rights: Carrie Haddad Gallery

About Mark Beard

American, b. 1956, based in New York, NY, United States

Solo Shows

2015
Life as a Work of Art Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
New York Portraits 1978-2008
2013
Mattatuck Museum (Munger Room), 
Waterbury, CT, United States,
Alter Ego: Bruce Sargeant | Mark Beard
2013
MILA Kunstgalerie, 
Berlin, Germany,
Mark Beard and His Entourage
2008
John Stevenson Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Mark Beard
2008
Hudson, NY, United States,
Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant
2003
John Stevenson Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Solo Exhibit Mark Beard
1999
Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Mark Beard and Bruce Sargeant
1998
Rivaga Gallery, 
Washington, DC, United States,
Bruce Sargeant
1995
Grey Art Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant
1991
Galerie Niel Ewerbeck, 
Vienna, Austria,
Mark Beard
1988
Galerie Biedermann, 
Munich, Germany,
Introducing Mark Beard
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