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Jim Beckner Art

Denver-based artist Jim Beckner paints like a jazz musician. The blues bop, the oranges swing, and the yellows vibrate. Drawn to the beat of the city, the artist creates expressionistic urban landscapes that show his unabashed love of color. More than anything, his paintings dance with their own energy, and an urban rhythm emanates from his canvases. Beckner was born and raised in Lakewood, CO, a suburb of Denver. Art played an integral role in the family. “My dad was—and still is—a watercolor artist,” he explains. “He does a lot of Colorado landscapes, very detailed, specific, realistic artwork.” Beckner remembers drawing and coloring at every opportunity when he was a child. “Both of my parents recognized that it was something I enjoyed,” he recalls. “I often drew to entertain those around me.” Occasionally, the Beckner family would drive into downtown Denver to eat out at a restaurant. “I always thought the city was an exciting place,” notes the artist. “It had a certain edginess about it.” Those early excursions, and the urban sensibility they fostered in the impressionable youth, would have a profound effect on his burgeoning talent. Pragmatism took hold, however, when he entered Colorado State University in Fort Collins. “My parents and I agreed it made sense to have something to fall back on, so I decided to major in marketing,” he says. “I figured I could always paint on my own time.” To that end he minored in painting and filled his electives with art history and studio art classes. He took three classes with CSU painting professor Patrice Sullivan—an experience that continues to resonate. “She was the first one to help me understand how to see shapes of color,” he explains. “Before that I was more inclined to view art as drawing something and then filling it in with color.” Today he traces many of the origins of his current style to his college days. “I look back at the paintings I did then,” says Beckner, “and some were very vibrant with a lot of thick brushwork. I still handle the brush the same way, although now I’m more deliberate about it.” After graduating from college, Beckner worked a number of odd jobs. He continued painting and took classes at the Art Students League of Denver, where he found another mentor in painter Mark Daily. “Mark’s more of a representational artist. And a good colorist,” notes Beckner. “He also uses a thick impasto.” As time progressed, Beckner developed a painterly style in which color and movement replaced form and outline as his driving forces. These days, “I don’t particularly enjoy working on the drawing aspect of a painting. I’m too impatient,” he confesses. “I like to work quickly and get a lot of paint on the canvas fast.” The result is a body of work heavily weighted to urban landscapes, in which the artist infuses everyday scenes with the pulsating rhythms of city life. “As they say,” he adds, “paint what you know.” .
(Biography provided by Jack Meier Gallery)
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"Money to Loan" Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Money to Loan" is an oil painting that depicts a unique red Money for loan sign on a busy city block Artist statement: Jim Beckner’s art vibrates with the...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

"Street Movement, " Abstracted City Scene, Oil Painting by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Street Movement" is an original, handmade oil painting of an urban street with motion blur. About the Artist: Jim Beckner’s art vibrates with the pulse of ...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Panel

"Eastside, " Urban Night Scene by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Bright Lights" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting pedestrians strolling down a city street at dusk. About the Artist: (Born 1970) Denver-bas...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Board, Oil

"Beaches 9, " Beach Scene with Umbrellas by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Beaches 9" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a beach scene with colorful orange umbrellas shading lounging beach goers. About the Artist: ...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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"Denver Neighborhood, " Side Street with Houses by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Denver Neighborhood" is an original, handmade oil painting depicts a quiet city street in Denver graced with mature trees and a stately brick house. About...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Beneath the El 1, " Urban Scene in New York by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Intersection" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting an urban scene below the El 1's tracks with patterned shadows. About the Artist: (Born 1970...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil, Board

"Midnight Table, " Oil Painting of Friends at a Bar by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Midnight Table" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a group of friends enjoying drinks and conversation. About the Artist: (Born 1970) Denver...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil

"Late Dinner, " Oil Painting of a Couple at Dinner by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Late Dinner" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a couple at a table enjoying an intimate dinner. About the Artist: (Born 1970) Denver-bas...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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"Bright Lights, " Urban Night Scene by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Bright Lights" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting pedestrians strolling down a brightly lit city street at night. About the Artist: (Born 19...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Board

"View to the Kitchen, " Oil Painting of Patrons at a Bar by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "View to the Kitchen" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a trio at a bar with a view to the establishment's kitchen. About the Artist: (Bor...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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"Intersection, " Abstracted Urban Night Scene by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Intersection" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting an abstracted city scene at night. About the Artist: (Born 1970) Denver-based artist Jim Be...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Board, Canvas

"Beaches 7, " Beach Scene with Umbrellas by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Beaches 7" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a beach scene with colorful striped umbrellas shading lounging beach goers. About the Artist: ...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Canvas

"Night Out, " Urban Night Scene by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Night Out" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a group of friends strolling down a brightly lit city street at night. About the Artist: (Born...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil

"At the Counter, " Oil Painting of Chef & Waiter by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "At the Counter" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a chef preparing a dish while a waiter stands by. Candlelit tables beckon in the foreground....
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Canvas

"Cruise Room #8, " Bar Scene in Red by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Cruise Room #8" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a Denver landmark born the day after the repeal in 1933. The Cruise Room is Denver's longest...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Canvas

"Waves #2, " Ducks Swimming by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Waves #2" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a water scene with ducks happily swimming. About the Artist: (Born 1970) Denver-based artist Ji...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Canvas

"Beaches 10, " Beach Scene with Umbrellas by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Beaches 10" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting a beach scene with colorful striped umbrellas shading lounging beach goers. About the Artist:...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Board, Oil

"Sidewak Lights, " Urban Night Scene by Jim Beckner
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Night Out" is an original, handmade oil painting depicting pedestrians strolling down a brightly lit city street at night with motion blur. About the Arti...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil

Moka Espresso, Oil on Panel, Impressionism, 10 x 10 Framed, American Artist
By Jim Beckner
Located in Houston, TX
Moka Espresso is an example of the bright colors that Beckner uses in his paintings. Jim Beckner’s art vibrates with the pulse of the city. His edgy and...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

Lawn
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Lawn, 2021
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Board, Oil

"Empire View" Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's "Empire View" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a city scape featuring the Empire State building.
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil

Afternoon at the Beach, Oil on Panel, Impressionism, 18 x 24 , American Artist
By Jim Beckner
Located in Houston, TX
Afternoon at the Beach is an example of the bright colors that Beckner uses in his paintings. The orange umbrella paintings were painted at Hilt...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

Hilton Head Beach, Oil on Panel, Impressionism, 18 x 24 , American Artist, Sun
By Jim Beckner
Located in Houston, TX
Hilton Head Beach is an example of the bright colors that Beckner uses in his paintings. The orange umbrella paintings were painted at Hilton Head, South C...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

GREEN UMBRELLA Oil on Panel Impressionism 20x 16 Dana Point CA Beach
By Jim Beckner
Located in Houston, TX
Gray Umbrella is an example of the bright colors that Beckner uses in his paintings. The Gray Umbrella series was painted in Dana Point California Jim Beckner just finished a series of beach paintings. All of them can be seen below and available. Framing will be complete be December or cam be shipped without a frame. Denver-based artist Jim Beckner paints like a jazz musician. The blues bop, the oranges swing, and the yellows vibrate. Drawn to the beat of the city, the artist creates expressionistic urban landscapes that show his unabashed love of color. More than anything, his paintings dance with their own energy, and an urban rhythm emanates from his canvases. Beckner was born and raised in Lakewood, CO, a suburb of Denver. Art played an integral role in the family. “My dad was—and still is—a watercolor artist,” he explains. “He does a lot of Colorado landscapes, very detailed, specific, realistic artwork.” Beckner remembers drawing and coloring at every opportunity when he was a child. “Both of my parents recognized that it was something I enjoyed,” he recalls. “I often drew to entertain those around me.” Occasionally, the Beckner family would drive into downtown Denver to eat out at a restaurant. “I always thought the city was an exciting place,” notes the artist. “It had a certain edginess about it.” Those early excursions, and the urban sensibility they fostered in the impressionable youth, would have a profound effect on his burgeoning talent. Encouraged by his parents, Beckner took art classes in junior high school. “I began to realize that I had some skill at drawing,” he says, “that I could see something and then re-create it.” In high school his art teacher was artist Ray Knaub...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

"Golden Triangle Sunset, " Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Golden Triangle Sunset" is an original, handmade oil painting. About the Artist: Jim Beckner’s art vibrates with the pulse o...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Panel, Oil

Dancing Clouds
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Dancing Clouds, 2021
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

City #5
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
City #5, 2018 Currently on sale. Was $600.
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Panel, Oil

Urban Sunset #2
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Urban Sunset #2, 2019
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

Untitled
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Untitled, 2018 Currently on sale. Was $6,000.
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil

Walker
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
An original cityscape by Colorado artist, Jim Beckner.
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

17th Street #12
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
17th Street #12, 2017
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Canvas, Oil

Mid-Afternoon
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Mid-Afternoon, 2021
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21st Century and Contemporary Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

"Sidewalks in Greys, " Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Sidewalks in Greys" is an oil painting that depicts a busy city sidewalk and street at night cast in the fluorescent light of the signs and cars and passers...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Board

"Roadway, " Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Roadway" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a busy city street filled with the bright patterning of cars and passerby. About the Artist: ...
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2010s Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil, Board

"Meadow" Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Meadow" is an oil painting that depicts wide open green clearing against a dense lush forest and shrubbery with just a slice of sky peeking from behind the ...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

"Pink Bear" Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Pink Bear" is an oil painting that depicts a small pink bear toy with a light blue background Artist statement: Jim Beckner’s art...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

Daylight, energetic paintings, sense of motion, figurative, urban landscapes
By Jim Beckner
Located in Houston, TX
Daylight is an example of the bright colors that Beckner uses in his paintings. Daylight makes you wonder what the figure in the painting is thinking. Jim Beckner’s art vibrates with the pulse of the city. His edgy and energetic paintings...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

"Dock" Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Dock" is an oil painting that depicts a sailboat and other boats in the distance docked and crowded together. Artist statement: Jim Beckner’s art vibrate...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

"Green I" Oil Painting
By Jim Beckner
Located in Denver, CO
Jim Beckner's (US based) "Green I" is an oil painting that depicts a dense lush forest and shrubbery with just a slice of sky peeking from behind the branches. Artist statement: J...
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2010s American Impressionist Jim Beckner Art

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Oil

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Find a wide variety of authentic Jim Beckner art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Jim Beckner in oil paint, paint, panel and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 21st century and contemporary and is mostly associated with the Impressionist style. Not every interior allows for large Jim Beckner art, so small editions measuring 7 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Charles Bertie Hall, Jon Blanchette, and Helen Enoch Gleiforst. Jim Beckner art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $680 and tops out at $2,000, while the average work can sell for $1,650.

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