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Ten new works by William Beckman include five oil paintings and an equal number of large-scale charcoal drawings, all completed since the artist’s last one-person exhibition in 2014. The works are a return to nature for the Minnesota-born Beckman, who was raised on his parents’ working farm. The farm and its resident bulls and horses are the subjects in the current exhibition.
Power and intensity are the language of William Beckman’s work, and he achieves corresponding measures of each in works ranging from 20 by 18 inches to nearly 10 by 12 feet in size. Working and re-working each element, William Beckman does not release a work of art from his studio until he is fully satisfied with the strength of the composition and image he seeks to achieve. His paintings and drawings compel the attention of the viewer through the use of bold color, dramatic, confrontational composition and dynamic eye contact. The dominance of the sky in the low-horizon landscape of hay fields and the bulls and horses seen at close range dominate the viewer with scale and strength.