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Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

American, b. 1956

Contemporary New York City-based artist Mark Beard has long demonstrated command in a variety of mediums — he works in oil paint, bronze, ceramics and more. Beard is known mainly for his portraits and figurative paintings, but he is prolific in figurative drawing and nude photography as well.

Beard was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1986, he began working as a set designer, and for the next decade, he created more than 20 sets in New York City, London, Frankfurt, Vienna and Cologne. As a painter and printmaker, Beard didn’t wish to confine himself to a rigid style and instead sought to explore Impressionism, Art Nouveau and other movements in a range of mediums. In order to freely move from one style to the next, Beard created several different personas, assigning a specific biography to each one.

Beard's most prominent artistic alter ego is Bruce Sargeant, whom the artist has positioned in exhibitions as an early 20th-century painter. Beard's work as Sargeant is a detailed study of the male physique. The paintings often feature sculpted athletic men engaged in physical activities like wrestling and rowing. The work is steeped in homoeroticism, and the artist’s name itself is a reference to painter John Singer Sargent — while he’s best known for his Edwardian-era portraits, John Singer Sargent also created murals and drawings of male nudes that were similarly reflective of a homoerotic sensibility.

Beard is also an accomplished landscape painter. His great-grandfather, George Beard, was a regional painter and photographer of the Rocky Mountains. Mark spent summers at his grandfather's 19th-century log cabin retreat as a child. These formative experiences are reflected in his own stunning landscape paintings.

Beard's artwork is held in many high-profile museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Today, Beard resides in the Manhattan loft that he purchased in 1994 with his partner, James Manfred. It serves as both his home and his studio. The space is filled with his oil paintings, drawings and sculptures.

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Artist: Mark Beard
Untitled (Standing Nude Sailor)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Untitled (Standing Nude Sailor) 2018 Signed and dated, recto Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper 30 x 16.5 inches (76.2 x 41.9 cm) $1,600 This work is of...
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2010s Contemporary Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Conté

MB 807 (Figurative Charcoal Drawing on Arches Paper of Two Male Nude Models)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative drawing of two male nudes made with graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 18.5 inches, unframed This unique life study drawing of two standing male n...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Charcoal, Graphite

Untitled 28 (Polaroid Transfer Drawing of a Reclining Male Nude by Mark Beard)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Polaroid transfer drawing of a reclining male nude on Rive BFK paper by Mark Beard 9.5 x 7 inch image size 22 x 15 inch paper size Ed. 5/6, Polaroid Transfer on Rives BFK paper, unfr...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Mb 826 A (Figurative Charcoal Drawing of Male Nude on Arches Paper)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 22 inches Unique figurative life study drawing of a seated male nude in graphite and conte crayon on Arches paper in a style...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté, Charcoal

MB 045 (Figurative Charcoal Drawing on Paper of Male Nude Model)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
30 x 19 inches, unframed graphite and chalk on paper life drawing, nude life drawing, nude male, male nude, nude life drawing, masculine male nude, charcoal life drawing sig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk, Graphite

MB 809 (Figurative Charcoal Drawing on Paper of Two Seated Male Nude Models)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative drawing made with graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 21.5 x 28 inches, unframed This unique life study drawing of two seated male nude models was made ...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Charcoal, Graphite

MB 808 (Figurative Charcoal Drawing on Paper of Two Male Nudes Models)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative drawing made with graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 13 inches, unframed This unique life study drawing of two standing male nudes was made by Mar...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Graphite, Archival Paper

MB 053 (Figurative Charcoal Drawing of a Muscular Male Nude on Arches Paper)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative male nude drawing made of graphite, charcoal, and conte crayon on Arches paper 30 x 20 inches, unframed This unique life study drawing of a standing male nude was made...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Crayon, Graphite

MB 806 (Figurative Charcoal Drawing on Paper of Two Muscular Male Nudes)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative nude drawing made with graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 19 inches unframed This unique life study drawing of two male nude models was made by Mark...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Charcoal, Graphite

MB 821 A (Contemporary Male Nude Figurative Drawing, Charcoal on Paper)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 20.5 inches unframed Signed 'Beard 2006' lower left corner Atelier stamp in lower left, next to signature Unique figurative ...
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Early 2000s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté, Charcoal

Mark Beard 054 (Figurative Charcoal Drawing of Two Male Nudes on Arches Paper)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative drawing of two male nudes made with graphite, charcoal, and conte crayon on Arches paper 30 x 14 inches, unframed This unique life study drawing of two standing nude m...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Graphite, Paper

Untitled
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper Signed and dated, recto This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt ...
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2010s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté, Charcoal

MB 089A (Contemporary Graphite Drawing of Seated Male Nude)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 22 inches, 37.5 x 26 inches framed Custom frame with Natural wood molding, white 8ply mat, AR non glare glass Signed BEARD 20...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Crayon, Archival Paper, Graphite

Two Men
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper Signed in pencil, l.l. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté, Charcoal

MB 076 A&B (Double Sided Figurative Charcoal Drawing of Male Nudes)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative drawing of male nudes made with graphite, charcoal, and conte crayon on Arches paper 30 x 22 inches, unframed One piece of 30 x 22 inch Arches. Two drawings, one on either...
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Early 2000s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Archival Paper, Graphite

Untitled (Man Undressing)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Graphite on paper Signed, c.l. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. His works are ...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite, Paper

MB 803 A&B (Double Sided Figurative Charcoal Drawing, Two Seated Male Nudes)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative drawing of male nudes made with graphite, charcoal, and conte crayon on Arches paper 30 x 22 inches, unframed One piece of 30 x 22 inch Arches. Two drawings, one on either...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Charcoal, Graphite

Untitled (Man Reading Newspaper)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Conté crayon on paper Signed, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. His works ...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté

MB 005 (Modern, Traditional Style Figurative Life Drawing of Muscular Male Nude)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative nude drawing on Arches paper graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 22 x 15 inches unframed Contemporary figurative life study drawing of a reclining male nu...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Conté, Graphite

MB 001 (Modern, Academic Style Figurative Life Drawing of Muscular Male Nude )
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative male nude drawing on Arches paper by Mark Beard graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 22 x 15 inches unframed Contemporary figurative life study drawing of ...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Conté, Graphite

Untitled 31 (Figurative Drawing Polaroid Transfer of a Young Female Nude)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative, Polaroid transfer of a nude female PT 31, Made in 1996 9.5 x 6.5 inch image size 22 x 15 inch paper size signed & dated lower right Unique Polaroid Transfer on Rives BFK...
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1990s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Untitled (Two Men, Sitting and Standing)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Untitled (Two Men, Sitting and Standing) 2017 Signed and dated, l.r. Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper 30 x 21 inches (76.2 x 53.3 cm) $1,600 This work ...
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2010s Contemporary Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Conté

MB 804 A&B (Double Sided Figurative Drawing, Two Male Nudes and Safari Hunter)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Figurative drawing with graphite, charcoal, and conte crayon on Arches paper 30 x 19 inches, unframed One piece of 30 x 19 inch Arches paper. Two drawings on opposite sides. These u...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Charcoal, Graphite, Watercolor

MB 822 B
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 22 inches unframed Signed 'Beard 2009' lower left corner Atelier stamp in lower left, above signature Unique figurative life...
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Early 2000s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté, Charcoal

MB 819 A (Contemporary Tattooed Male Nude Figurative Drawing in Charcoal)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 20 inches unframed Signed 'Beard 2011' lower left corner Atelier stamp in lower right corner Unique figurative life study dr...
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2010s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté, Charcoal

Untitled
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper Signed and dated, recto This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt ...
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2010s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté, Charcoal

Untitled (Standing Male Nude Facing Right)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Ink on paper Signed and dated, l.c. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. His works...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Paper

Untitled (Man Reclining on Tile Floor)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Graphite and conté crayon on paper Signed and dated, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in Ne...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite, Conté

Untitled (Two Standing Nudes)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Untitled (Two Standing Nudes) 2021 Signed and dated, recto Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper 30 x 20.5 inches (76.2 x 52.1 cm) $1,600 This work is offe...
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2010s Contemporary Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Conté

Untitled (Standing Male Nude)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Untitled (Standing Male Nude) 2017 Signed and dated, recto Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper 30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm) $1,600 This work is offere...
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2010s Contemporary Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

Materials

Conté

Untitled
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper Signed and dated, recto This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt ...
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2010s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Wax Crayon, Rag Paper

MB 815 (Contemporary Seated Male Nude Figurative Drawing, Charcoal on Paper)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
graphite, conte crayon and charcoal on Arches paper 30 x 19.5 inches unframed Signed 'Beard 1999' lower left corner Atelier stamp in lower right corner Unique figurative life study ...
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1990s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Conté, Charcoal

Untitled 30 (Polaroid Transfer Drawing of a Classical Column Base by Mark Beard)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Polaroid transfer drawing of a Classical column base on Rives BFK paper by Mark Beard 7 x 9.5 inch image size 22 x 15 inch paper size Ed. 1/6, Polaroid Transfer on Rives BFK paper, u...
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1990s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Untitled 25 (Figurative Drawing Polaroid Transfer of a Boy in Cowboy Costume)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
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 ...
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1990s Modern Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Untitled
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper Signed and dated, recto This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt ...
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2010s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Wax Crayon, Rag Paper

Untitled (Seated Man Facing Left)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Conté crayon on paper Signed and dated, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. ...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté

Untitled
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Charcoal with red and white conté crayon on Rives BFK paper Signed and dated, recto This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt ...
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2010s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Wax Crayon, Rag Paper, Charcoal

Untitled (Male Nude with Hands on Waist)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Ink on paper Signed and dated, l.l. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. His works...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Untitled (Nude Man with Black Hair)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Conté crayon on paper Signed and dated, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. ...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté

Untitled (Man in Blue Tank Top)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Pastel and conté crayon with partial foil star on Rives BFK paper Signed and dated, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in ...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Foil

Untitled (Man in Repose Leaning Against Post)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Conté crayon on paper Signed and dated, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. ...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Conté, Paper

Untitled (Male Figure Facing Right)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Ink on paper Signed and dated, l.r. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. His works...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Untitled (Reclining Female Nude)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Conté crayon on paper Signed, l.c. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York City. His works ...
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1970s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Conté

Western Panorama with Sculpture of Native American Warrior
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Oil on two joined canvases Signed and dated, l.c. This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, now lives in New York C...
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1980s Realist Mark Beard Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Mark Beard drawings and watercolor paintings for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Mark Beard drawings and watercolor paintings for sale. You can also browse by medium to find Mark Beard's art in paper, chalk, charcoal and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Modern style. Not every interior allows for large Mark Beard drawings and watercolor paintings, so small editions measuring 11 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the works of Gustave Poetzsch, Dina Brodsky and Jack Freeman. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $800 and tops out at $4,900, while the average work can sell for $1,600.

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