Martin Beck is a figurative artist best known for large pastel and mixed media paintings of the nude human form. These drawings often contain palimpsests – ghost figures from previous drawings – that evoke half-forgotten dreams or alternate realities.
Beck has exhibited widely with solo shows at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH and the Jersey City Museum, NJ among others. Recent group exhibitions include Mixed Media at Site:Brooklyn, New York, NY and Pride and Prejudice at ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL. His exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times and The Sunday Star Ledger. In 2019 Beck’s work will be included in the publication International Drawing Annual 13, Manifest Press, Cincinnati.
Martin Beck received two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships (1994, 2000). Beck holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, from State University of New York at Buffalo. In April 2009 Martin Beck participated in the two-week residency MMMart, medana.art pomlad in Medana, Slovenia.
Martin Beck’s work can currently be seen in 10th Annual Drawing Discourse at University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC; Chautauqua Exhibition on the theme of Truths and Consequences at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY and pal•imp•sest: bearing traces of earlier forms at MS Rezny Gallery, Lexington, KY.