William Beckman, ‘Smithfield Valley’, 1974, Rago
William Beckman, ‘Smithfield Valley’, 1974, Rago

Signature: Signed

Contemporary Naturalism: Works of the 70's, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY, June 8-August 24, 1980

Contemporary Naturalism: Works of the 1970's, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, 1980. ill.

The artist
Allan Stone Collection, New York

About William Beckman

William Beckman is best known for his realist full-length portraiture, in which subjects look directly out of the canvas. Rendered in oil and charcoal and sometimes portrayed nude, Beckman’s subjects wear expressions of poise and self-possession, mostly devoid of emotion but sometimes revealing traces of defiance, confrontation, disgruntlement or, occasionally, vulnerability. In his self-portraits, produced over many decades, Beckman reflects on his own mortality; in Studio No. 3 (Ducati) (2004–5), the artist presents himself clad in head-to-toe leather, standing firmly next to a red Ducati motorbike—a display of strength and youthfulness that denies the age evident in his weathered face and furrowed brow. The artist’s technique of outlining his figures sharply against flat colored backdrops has been likened to painters of the Northern Renaissance such as Albrecht Dürer.

American, b. 1942, Maynard, Minnesota

Group Shows

New York,
Grand Salon: The Visionary Eye of Allan Stone
New York,
Singular Vision

Fair History on Artsy

Forum Gallery at EXPO CHICAGO 2017
Forum Gallery at Seattle Art Fair 2017
Forum Gallery at Seattle Art Fair 2015
Forum Gallery at The Armory Show 2014