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Mark BeardStatue of Athlete: Large Academic Style Bronze Figurative Sculpture of Nude Male
modern figurative bronze sculpture of a nude athlete 8.5 feet tall and measures 36 inches at the widest point bottom base measures 31.5 x 17.5 inches This sculpture is offered by Carrie Haddad Gallery, located in Hudson, NY. This figurative bronze sculpture is one of the large works Mark Beard was commissioned to produce for the Abercrombie and Fitch stores in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Milan. The bronze sculptures were made to compliment the artist's large painted murals of sporting young men which were showcased at each flagship venue. This academic style sculpture of an athletic male nude stands 8.5 feet tall and is 36 inches at it's widest point. The bottom base measures 31.5 x 17.5 inches. The artist captures the figure's pristine musculature with a graceful contrapposto stance, where both hands rest gently on the hip. Toned muscle is given realistic shadow and depth through the artist's mastery of bronze sculpting. Mark Beard created this work under his fictitious artistic persona, Bruce Sargeant. Beard is the living artist who paints under the pseudonym BRUCE SARGEANT as he brands a style of painting that merges the traditional, academic portraiture of John Singer Sargeant and the evocative fashion photography of Bruce Weber, know best for his work on Calvin Klein advertising campaigns in the 1980s and 90s. 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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