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Mark Beard
Gentleman with Wig (Academic Portrait Painting by Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant)

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US$3,250

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Academic style portrait oil painting of a handsome young man in an 18th century powdered wig Painted by Mark Beard as Bruce Sargeant (pseudonym in homage to the fashion photographer, Bruce Weber, and figurative painter, John Singer Sargent) Oil on canvas, signed upper left 14 x 10.5 inches unframed, 20 x 17 inches in black frame with wire backing Excellent condition, ready to hang as is This vertical, portrait painting of a muscular young man in an 18th century style powdered wig was made by Mark Beard under his fictitious artistic persona, Bruce Sargeant. Painted in a modern Academic style, the young man is painted in Beard's signature grey skin tone to accentuate his statuesque figure. A rosy apricot gives a flushed appearance to his complexion. The figurative painting on canvas is framed in a black frame measuring 20 x 17 inches and is signed in the upper left corner. Painted in a style that evokes the portraits of John Singer Sargent, Mark Beard is a living artist who paints under the pseudonym "Bruce Sargeant". About the artist: Mark Beard is perhaps the most literal example of an artist pulled in so many different directions that he chose to “invent” six different personae in which to channel his overflowing energy and need for expression. Each painting style is radically different from the next, so it remains entirely believable that the work could stem from six completely different people of different time periods and different schools of thought. With a background in set design, Beard has always been one who could conjure total magic with anything available. For this exhibit, he returns as the beloved 20th century painter from England, Bruce Sargeant, featuring a parade of Arcadian scenes suggesting afternoons of young men sporting in the countryside, rowing, bicycling, hunting or wrestling. Clean shaven, well manicured youths pose casually, indulging every opportunity to display a titillating flex of stone-like musculature. Like modern Greek statues, Beard paints these prestigious figures oftentimes in pairs of twos and threes in a lazy state of beautiful passivity. Mark Beard keeps himself fresh with challenge, undertaking ambitious commissions and committing to weekly sketch sessions with live models in his Manhattan studio. The result of this dedicated practice is a stunning array of graphite and conte crayon drawings on Arches paper. Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake city, now lives in New York City. His works are in museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Harvard, Yale, and Princeton University Art Museums; among many others. We would not be the least bit surprised to see new ‘personas’ emerge in the coming years.

Details

  • Creator
    Mark Beard (1956, American)
  • Creation Year
    date unknown
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2276801892

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