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Mark Beard Photography

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
Self Portrait
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper Signed, titled, dated, and numbered (4/6) in pencil, recto Also blindstamped, l.r. 22 x 15 inches, sheet 10 x 8 inches, image This artwork is o...
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1990s Other Art Style Mark Beard Photography

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Photogravure

Marc (Frontal with Cigarette)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
This unique hand-painted photograph by Mark Beard is offered by CLAMP in New York City.
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Paint, Ink

Marc (Rear with Cigarette)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
This unique hand-painted photograph by Mark Beard is offered by CLAMP in New York City.
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Paint, Silver Gelatin

John Kelly (I'm Lost to the World)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
This unique hand-painted photograph by Mark Beard is offered by CLAMP in New York City.
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Paint, Silver Gelatin

Untitled (Nude Male Torso)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
This unique hand-painted photograph by Mark Beard is offered by CLAMP in New York City.
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Oil, Silver Gelatin

Three Boys in Organza Jumpers
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Three Boys in Organza Jumpers 1960s/2022 Estate stamped and numbered on label, verso Digital C-print 31 x 31 inches, image (Edition of 15) $4,500 22 x 2...
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1960s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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C Print

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 Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Untitled 13 (Mark Beard Polaroid Transfer of Young Male Nude on Rives BFK)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
image size: 10 x 8 inches Young male sitting against dark background Polaroid Transfer on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in pencil on bottom right corner. ed...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Baroque Back (Polaroid Transfer of Standing Young Nude Man on Rives BFK)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
image size: 8 x 10 inches Standing Young Nude Man Polaroid Transfer on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in pencil on bottom left corner. ed. 1/6 This is one i...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Untitled (Man with Bouquet of Lilies)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper Signed, dated, and inscribed "Unique AP" in pencil, recto Also blindstamped, l.r. 22 x 15 inches, sheet 10 x 8 inches, image This artwork is of...
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1990s Other Art Style Mark Beard Photography

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Photogravure

Untitled 19 (Polaroid Transfer of Young Nude Man in Bed on Rives BFK)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
image size: 8 x 10 inches Young Nude Man in Bed Unique Polaroid Transfer on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in pencil on bottom left corner, unique print. Th...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Linda (Polaroid Transfer of Nude Woman on Rives BFK)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
image size: 15 x 11 inches Artist Proof Photograph of Nude Woman Sitting Unique Polaroid Transfer on Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in pencil on bottom right corner, unique print. This is one in a series of Polaroid transfers...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Robert Mapplethorpe
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil, recto Also blindstamped, l.r. 22 x 15 inches, sheet 10 x 8 inches, image This artwork is offered by CLAMP, located in New York City. Mark Beard writes: “I asked Robert Mapplethorpe to take me to the ‘Mine Shaft,’ a famous S&M club. He agreed but told me it was finished and boring. We made Christmas trees together for New York Magazine. He asked to make nude...
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1990s Other Art Style Mark Beard Photography

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Photogravure

[Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938)] Man in Suspenders Amidst the Cattails
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Oil on canvas Signed in red, u.l. $6500.00 + $300.00 framing This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. “Bruce Sargeant is a mythic figure in the modern art mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Mark Beard Photography

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Canvas, Oil

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 Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Tim
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Tim 1998 Signed, dated, and inscribed “AP” in pencil, recto Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper 22 x 15 inches, sheet 9 x 6.75 inches, image This work is offered by ClampArt in ...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Polaroid

Dirk from Rear
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
This work is offered by ClampArt in New York City.
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1990s Mark Beard Photography

Materials

Polaroid

Mark Dancing (Polaroid Transfer of a Nude Man Smoking in Socks on Rives BFK)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
image size: 10 x 8 inches Standing Nude Male Flexing in Socks and Shoes Smoking a Cigarette Polaroid Transfer on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in pencil on...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Figure No. 154
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Figure No. 154 2009 Signed and numbered in pencil, verso Also offered: Portfolio of 28 archival pigment prints (Edition of 10) Special price of $4,000 for the entire portfolio. Th...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Archival Pigment

Red Drape
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper Signed and inscribed (AP 1/3) in pencil, recto Also blindstamped, l.r. 22 x 15 inches, sheet 10 x 8 inches, image This artwork is offered by Cl...
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1990s Other Art Style Mark Beard Photography

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Photogravure

Kissing Priests (Polaroid Transfer of Embracing Clergymen on Rives BFK)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
Kissing Priests image size: 8 x 10 inches Polaroid Transfer on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in pencil on bottom right corn...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Polaroid

Untitled 17 (Polaroid Transfer of Standing Young Nude Man on Rives BFK)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
image size: 10 x 8 inches Standing young nude male with dark background Polaroid Transfer on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in pencil on bottom right corner....
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Polaroid

Column & Socle
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Column & Socle 2001 Signed, dated, and inscribed “AP” in pencil, recto Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper 22 x 15 inches, sheet 7.5 x 9.5 inches, image This work is offered by ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

Materials

Polaroid

Untitled (Male Nude in Shadow)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper Signed, dated, and inscribed (AP) in pencil, recto Also blindstamped, l.r. 22 x 15 inches, sheet 10 x 8 inches, image This artwork is offered b...
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1990s Other Art Style Mark Beard Photography

Materials

Photogravure

Untitled (Stooped Man with Bowl of Fruit)
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper Signed, dated, and numbered (5/6) in pencil, recto Also blindstamped, l.r. 22 x 15 inches, sheet 8 x 10 inches, image This artwork is offered b...
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1990s Other Art Style Mark Beard Photography

Materials

Photogravure

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 Uniq...
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1990s Modern Mark Beard Photography

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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 in...
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1990s Modern Mark Beard Photography

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Archival Paper, Polaroid

Tennessee Williams (Polaroid Transfer of American Playwright his Reflection)
By Mark Beard
Located in Hudson, NY
image size: 8 x 10 inches Portrait of Tennessee Williams Unique Polaroid Transfer on 22 x 15 inch Rives BFK paper, unframed signed SM Beard in penci...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Polaroid

Untitled No. 51
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, recto Also blindstamped, l.r. 22 x 15 inches, sheet 10 x 8 inches, image This artwork is offered by Clam...
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1990s Other Art Style Mark Beard Photography

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Photogravure

Handstand
By Mark Beard
Located in New York, NY
Handstand 1998 Signed, dated, and numbered (1/6) in pencil, recto Polaroid transfer on Rives BFK paper 22 x 15 inches, sheet 9 x 7 inches, image Contact gallery for price. This ...
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1990s Contemporary Mark Beard Photography

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Polaroid

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Find a wide variety of authentic Mark Beard photography available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Mark Beard in polaroid, archival paper, paper and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Mark Beard photography, so small editions measuring 11 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Karin Rosenthal, Bruce Weber, and John Casado. Mark Beard photography prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,100 and tops out at $6,800, while the average work can sell for $1,400.

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