Abercrombie & Fitch Mural Moves to Carrie Haddad Gallery
Carrie Haddad Gallery
oil on canvas
14.75 x 11.75 x 1.5 inches in thin black painted wood stripping
This vertical, contemporary portraiture painting of a man in a safari hat was made by Mark Beard under his fictitious artistic persona, Bruce Sargeant. Painted in a modern Academic style, the hunter, faced away from the viewer towards an unseen landscape, dons a pale beige safari cap, crisp white shirt, and a yellow, black and red argyle patterned tie. The man's blush red cheeks and lips contrast against his stone-like grey blue skin and jet black hair. Standing against a white cloud filled blue sky, we can imagine the man in an outdoor setting. Framed in a simple black painted wood stripping, the painting completed on canvas is signed in the upper left corner in red paint, 'B. Sargeant'.
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 left corner, 'B. Sargeant', in red oil paint
Image rights: Carrie Haddad Gallery
American, b. 1956, based in New York, NY, United States