oil on canvas
16.75 x 20.75 x 1.5 inches in thin black painted wood stripping
This horizontal, contemporary figurative painting of two half-nude men was made by Mark Beard under his fictitious artistic persona, Bruce Sargeant. Painted in a modern Academic style, the two men, perhaps athletes in a locker room setting, face away from the viewer while dressing in white shirts and grey green trousers. The men's blush red cheeks and lips contrast against their stone-like grey blue skin. Posed in front of a gestural charcoal grey background, the two men flaunt their young muscular builds. The painting completed on canvas is signed in the upper left corner in red paint, 'B. Sargeant' and is framed in a simple black painted wood stripping,
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".
Signature: Upper left corner in red paint, 'B. Sargeant'
A visit to Mark Beard’s studio is like discovering Michelangelo’s lair: oil paintings layer the walls, lifedrawings litter the table at the feet of heroic bronzes; ceramics, architectural maquettes are everywhere; virtuosity, in every medium. And then it gets even more interesting.
Mark’s talent is so overflowing that, years ago, he needed to channel himself into alter egos. Mark invented the persona of “Bruce Sargeant,” an imagined English artist, contemporary of E. M. Forster, Rupert Brooke, and John Sloan. Mark also created Bruce Sargeant’s teacher, Hippolyte-Alexandre Michallon, a 19th-century French Academist. Michallon also taught Edith Thayer Cromwell, an American avant-gardeist; and Brechtolt Steeruwitz, the German Expressionist, a most complex personality. Peter Coulter, the newest persona, represents the "third generation" as he was taught briefly by Thayer Cromwell and Streerowitz. The style of each of these artists is individual, brilliant and true.
Mark Beard is unprecedented, but not singular. Accomplished in every medium, he is more than a complete artist—he is at least six.
Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake city, now lives in New York City. His works are in museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Harvard, Yale, and Princeton University Art Museums; among many others. We would not be the least bit surprised to see new ‘personas’ emerge in the coming years.
About Mark Beard
American, b. 1956, based in New York, NY, United States