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Mark Beard
Two Skiers (Figurative Painting of Men in Snow Landscape by Mark Beard)

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$15,400

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Academic style figurative oil painting on canvas of two men skiing down a snowy alpine landscape "Two Skiers," Painted by Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant (pseudonym in homage to the fashion photographer, Bruce Weber, and figurative painter, John Singer Sargent) Made in the late 90's - early 2000's for Abercrombie and Fitch's flagship store in Milan, Italy Oil on canvas, signed upper middle 96 x 60 inches unframed, 101 x 64.5 inches in black painted wood frame with wire backing Excellent condition, ready to hang as is This vertical, figurative painting of two men skiing down a snowy slope was made by Mark Beard under his fictitious artistic persona, Bruce Sargeant. Painted in a modern Academic style, the handsome men are captured in winter attire as they ski down an Alpine mountain landscape. The models are painted with the artist's quintessential statuesque grey skin tone, while the extremities are flushed with a soft pink. The painting is complemented with a black painted wood frame and signed by the artist in the upper right. The painting was originally part of an expansive mural that spanned several stories at Abercrombie and Fitch's flagship store in Milan. After the murals were returned to the artist around 2019, he stretched the canvases individually to make them available for sale. There is a seam that goes along the bottom of the canvas (in the grassy portion), which shows where the artist separated the composition from the larger mural. It does not compromise the integrity of the painting as the canvas is protected with multiple layers of Liquin. 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.

Details

  • Creator
    Mark Beard (1956, American)
  • Creation Year
    date unknown
  • Dimensions
    Height: 101 in. (256.54 cm)Width: 64.5 in. (163.83 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2278082602

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