Bio

ABOUT THE ARTIST.

OSCAR BECK was born in Vienna, Austria in 1948. In 1950, his family moved to Sao Paolo, Brazil where they lived for ten years. In 1960, the Beck family moved to the United States where they remained, nurtured by the memory of various cultural experiences. He ultimately embarked upon a teaching career as a fine arts instructor in several prestigious private schools. Beck’s multidisciplinary classes embraced photography, art history, painting, drawing as well as a multitude of other activities.

Currently he continues to offer private lessons while displaying his artwork in various locations. He is an active member of the Ringwood Manor Art Association, the Center of Contemporary Arts, and the Morris County Art Association. Oscar Beck has received numerous awards in painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture.

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Artist Statement

REDEFINING TWO DIMENSIONS.

From the moment we are born we are conditioned by experience to define our ambient space in terms of foreground, middleground and background space. We are thus enabled, through this spatial differentiation, to effectively manipulate the world around us.

My personal quest as an artist has, in part, involved a redefining of this three dimensional spatial differentiation into a two dimensional visual continuum. While progressing from foreground figure to background details during the execution of a drawing, I do not experience the aesthetic, physical, cognitive, or emotional transitional break associated with three dimensional space. The transition is instead a seamless flow, one pattern merging into another: the pattern of human hair merging into the smooth velvet of facial skin or the intricate patterns of a dress merging into the symmetry of garden flowers.

The intense personal satisfaction arising from the exploration of such patterns, and the efficacy with which the graphite media enables me to engage in this exploration makes every potential subject matter equally rich in visual content. The needle sharp point of a pencil applied to the texture free surface of smooth paper enables me to achieve a high level of direct intimacy with the depicted patterns and the observed details of the visual world.

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LIFE. WORK. EXPERIENCE.

EDUCATION

1980 — General Illustration Studies, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

1977 — Doctoral Studies, Philosophy of Art, New York University, New York, NY

1973 — M.A. Studio Art, William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ

1972 — B.A. Studio Art & Art Education, William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 — West Milford Public Library, West Milford, NJ

2016 — Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Conference Room

1996 — Mortimer Gallery, Gladstone, NJ

1994 — Bernardsville Public Library, Bernardsville, NJ

1993 — Claremont Gallery, Bedminster, NJ

1993 — West Milford Library, West Milford, NJ

1987 — West Wing Gallery, Ringwood Manor, Ringwood, NJ (two person exhibition)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016-Present — Yearly Exhibitor  Center for Contemporary Arts,  Bedminster, NJ

1986-Present — Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts, Ringwood, NJ

2019 — 20th Annual Festival of the Arts, St. Catherine of Bologna, Ringwood, NJ

2018 — Two person show at Temple B’nai Or, Morristown, NJ

2016 — “Member Show” Center for Contemporary Art

2015 — “Member Show” Morris County Art Association

1997 — “Alumni Show” Ben Shahn Gallery, William Patterson, Wayne, NJ

1977 — “First Annual Student Drawing Competition” New York University, New York, NY – Honorable Mention Award

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

Andre Wauters Gallery, NYC

Art For Living Gallery, Butler, NJ

Essex Fine Arts Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Ben Shahn Gallery, Wayne, NJ

Design Domaine Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ

Work is in private collections in New Jersey and Florida.

AWARDS/HONORS

2019 — 1st Place:  Drawing, Judges Choice – Art, St. Catherine of Bologna, Ringwood, NJ

2019 — Winners Circle, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts, Ringwood, NJ

2016 — Best in Show, Center for Contemporary Art Member Show

1986-2016 — 1st Place Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography,  Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts, Ringwood, NJ

1987 — 1st Place Graphics, Mari Galleries, Mamaroneck, NY

1986 — Most Popular Vote and Sponsors Award, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts

1977 — Honorable Mention, First Annual Student Drawing Competition, New York University, New York, NY

9/72-5/73 — Graduate Assistantship, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bellantoni, Ralph J. — “Drawing Attention”, Courier News, July 8, 2016

Haller, Emanuel — “Pencil Drawings Very Realistic”, Courier News, May 9, 1993

Griffin, Patricia — “Alumni Artists”, The Beacon, April 17, 1989

Baldwin, Linda — “Area Artist Shows Work in Ringwood”, Suburban Trends, August 3, 1988

Baldwin, Linda — “Area Residents Win in Art Exhibition”, Suburban Trends, October 30, 1988

Baldwin, Linda — “West Milford Artist Places in Ringwood Art Exhibition,” Suburban Trends, Nov. 2, 1988

Herman, Cheryl A. — “Multi-Media at Morin Miller”, Manhattan Arts, September 7, 1986

Grant, Will — “Artists in Mid-Season Form”, Artspeak, September 1, 1986

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For more information about Oscar’s work, art classes, gallery exhibitions, or just to say “hello,” please call, send an email to his personal account, or fill out the form below and he will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!

Email:   jobeck@optonline.net
Location:   West Milford, NJ