“On the whole, Martin Beck’s latest works call our attention to the present and its position within a larger temporal trajectory. The tactility of his medium and his use of live drawing bring us, the audience, into a particular ephemeral and instantaneous moment, while his subject matter—the nude—calls our attention to a longer tradition of history. Similarly, Beck’s use of abstract backgrounds works to remove us from a specific temporality, while the objects he often presents alongside his figures draw us back into our contemporary settings. Beck’s work thus demands both proximity and distance, presence and detachment, from his viewers, creating a layered and multifaceted experience.”
Emily Elizabeth Goodman, 2019

“Beck’s work reminds us that dream space is another geography, besides the artist’s studio, where nudity is right at home.”
Jonathan Kamholtz, 2017

“Beck suggests that the nude genre itself is possibly more susceptible than one may think…and in actuality able to be redefined or modified. The Hunter assumes that historical precedents are merely guidelines and not rules.”
Hunter Kissel, 2017

“Martin Beck [is] an illusionistic realist who paints with flair and often a social conscience. ”
Dan Bischoff, 2001

“His intelligent [paintings] are filled with wry commentary about our Postmodern era. His use of recognizable imagery is comforting and inviting to the viewer, despite the bizarre content of the dramas enacted in his compositions.”
Elaine A. King, 2000

“[Beck] functions as a type of trickster who comprehends the power of surprise and camouflage.”
Elaine A. King, 1998

“Beck’s diligent focus on humanitarian social consciousness calls to mind such French independents as Daumier, Millet and Courbet who constituted the fountainhead of liberal thinking in the 19th Century.”
Elaine A. King, 1998

“Mr. Beck seems determined to take America’s pulse at the end of the century, and it races.”
William Zimmer, 1998

“This artist is not afraid to paint at the top of his lungs.”
Dan Bischoff, 1998

“[Beck] creates political/cultural tableaux that savagely mock middle-class white American values —hence the show’s title, “White.””
Dan Bischoff, 1998

“[Beck’s] individuals are either unhappily sexualized or awkwardly self aware, or both. They strain under the demands of pleasure, always terrified that they will reveal some forbidden part of their private psyches.”
Richard Huntington, 1996

“…their humor and energy succeeds whether or not they want to be hip.”
Matthieu Victor, 1996

“Beck depicts a world that is gleefully anti-ritualistic.”
Jim Flahaven, 1995

“There’s a frightening surreal quality In some of Beck’s work. In some of his pictures, figures seem to be coming out of the paintings to join the living. ”
Jerry Stein, 1995