Wanderlust was Dan’s primary motivation in the decade following his graduation from high school. Dan took to the road, working jobs that included ranch hand in Arizona, construction on the beach of Florida, refinishing furniture in Louisiana and four years in the infantry, including a two year tour in Germany. Wherever he went, Dan filled sketch books and journals for his own enjoyment. Then in Colorado after a couple of years in college, he realized the thing that meant most to him was his sketch books. So he quit his job and college, sold everything he had and decided that commitment to one path was where all the previous had led him.
Now Dan Beck is an award winning artist and sought after teacher. His paintings have found collectors in both the private and corporate world on a national level as well as from such diverse places as Canada, Japan and the Middle East. He is in the permanent collection of the Littleton Historical Museum and has exhibited with the Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona. He has been invited to show in several national invitationals including the annual American Miniature Show at Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona and the annual “Fall Classic” in Hamilton, Montana. Dan’s work has also been featured in “Southwest Art”, “Art of the West” magazines and “Art Talk”. He is a member of Oil Painters of America.
Equally adept at figurative, still-life and landscape, Dan paints both oils and pastels and fees he is firmly rooted in the tradition of Impressionism. His love of nature and a deep respect for the tradition of art serve as both guide and inspiration to his goal of “making a contribution” to the world of painting. Dan’s paintings evoke a timelessness and dignity that are the underlying themes in whatever he paints. As to his working methods, Dan works quickly and loosely in the beginning, covering the whole surface to establish his major shapes and drawing. Then he slows down and lets the emerging image dictate the way the painting will be finished.
“Painting is a balancing act between opposite ideas – direct observation and instinct, control and spontaneity, even between the literal and the symbolic. It seems to me that although a painter is deeply involved with his own private investigation, his real aim is to communicate something that only the person looking at the painting really understands.”
Dan now lives in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife and two daughters.
– OPA National Exhibition 2011, Gold Medal Award – Juried by Scott Christensen
– OPA Regional Show 2009, Silver Medal – Juried by Jeffrey Watts
– OPA National Exhibition 2009, Award of Excellence – Juried by Kevin McPherson
– Raymar Art Competition 2008/2009, Award of Excellence
– OPA National Exhibition 2008, Award of Excellence – Juried by Ramon Kelley
– OPA Regional Show 2008, Award of Excellence
– Raymar Art Competition 2007/2008, Award of Excellence
– OPA National Exhibition 2007, Award of Excellence – Juried by Quang Ho
– OPA Regional Show 2007, Award of Excellence – Juried Jeff Legg
– Settlers West Miniature Show (Invitational) 2007, 2008 and 2009
– Salon International (Juried) 2007 & 2008, Greenhouse Gallery. Award of Excellence, 2008
– Great American Figurative Artists Show, Invitational, 2007 & 2008, Santa Barbara, California
– Fall Classic Invitational 2001-2009, Hamilton, Montana
– Littleton Historical Museum, Littleton, CO – permanent collection
– Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ – exhibition
– American Artist, October 2009. “Intuitive Painting” by M. Stephen Doherty
– American Art Collector, September 2009. “Artist Focus: Dan Beck”
– Southwest Art, November 2008. “A Painter’s Playlist” by Rose Frederick
– Latitude, Fall 2007. “On the Canvas” by Michelle Corriel
– Southwest Art, October 2006. “Collector’s Choice” by Guzzie Fauntleroy
– Southwest Art, November 2003. “Art Events-Colorado” by Bonnie Gangelhoff
– Southwest Art, February 2003. “Art Events-Colorado” by Southwest Art editors
– Southwest Art, June 1999. “Best of the West” by Leslie Busler and Bonnie Gangelhoff