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Mark Beard
MB 023 (Figurative Life Drawing of Handsome Male Nude by Mark Beard)

2008

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Academic life drawing of male nude with charcoal and graphite by Mark Beard, "MB 023" graphite, Conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30.5 x 17.5 inches unframed Signed, lower left Strong facial features and upper body muscles are evidence of the artist's excellent drafting skills. The model stands with both arms behind his back; he gazes wistfully to the left of the viewer. Beard's mark-making in Conte crayon reinforces the dimensionality of the figure while adding an expressionistic and gestural quality to the drawing. Mark Beard's figurative drawings are the perfect entry level to collecting this well-established artist's work. Oil paintings, both large and small, are also available. Mark Beard has charmed audiences for more than two decades as Bruce Sargeant with portraits and murals painted in the style of John Singer Sargeant of strapping, young athletic figures in various landscapes and locker rooms. As Mark Beard, he continues to hone his skills and dutifully sketches from live models once a week in his Manhattan studio. The result of this dedicated practice is a dynamic selection of works on paper sketched with graphite pencil and Conte crayon on Arches paper. Each drawing is unique and original. About the artist: 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. 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. Carrie Haddad Gallery was established in 1991 as the first fine art gallery in Hudson, NY. We host 7 exhibits a year and represent established mid-career artists, as well as emerging talent, working in painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture.
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