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Mark Beard
Untitled 25 (Figurative Drawing Polaroid Transfer of a Boy in Cowboy Costume)

1998

$1,400

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Figurative, Polaroid transfer of a young boy in vintage cowboy costume against an orange background PT 25, Made in 1998 Edition 1 of 6 9 x 7 inch image size 22 x 15 inch paper size signed & dated lower right Polaroid Transfer on Rives BFK paper, unframed Signed "Beard" in pencil on bottom right corner with atelier stamp This is one in a series of Polaroid transfers made by the artist Mark Beard using large format Polaroid film in the mid 1990's. The image features a young boy dress in a class cowboy outfit. A gestural orange background provides bright color alongside a deep red tabletop. The photo transfer, edition 1 of 6, is unframed on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper. The transfer was made from an original black and white photograph taken by the artist, typically of models or close friends that visited his studio. The unique photograph was then hand colored and recaptured on classic Polaroid film before being transferred onto Rives BFK paper. Mark Beard has been painting figures, the male figure, in particular, for the past four decades. His classic depiction of the human body is based on drawing and painting from live models as well as photographic images. For collectors who are already familiar with Beard's oil paintings, you will be delighted to discover that Beard's approach to photography encapsulates the raw sensuality that is at the root of all of his other work in painting, drawing and sculpture. 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, 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.

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