Dawson Community College "Gallery 126"is pleased to present "A Retrospective" with Dale Beckman. Beckman's oil and acrylic paintings, color ink drawings and giclee art prints will be on exhibit September 10 - October 26. Beckman's retrospective will be an array of artworks created over the course of his art career from sixth grade to the present with landscapes painted this summer.
There will be an artist reception for Beckman from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10. As always, everyone is welcome to come meet the artist, enjoy the artwork, conversation, and refreshments. If you can't make it then, "Gallery 126" hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., evenings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30 - 9 p.m. Located in room 126 next to the library. www.dawson.edu/category/news/visual-art.
Dale Beckman's abstract landscapes evoke a mystical sense of place. His paintings portray a dimensional universe of interacting energy. Beckman describes his art process, "The landscape is usually the beginning point for me. I do not attempt to re-create the image before me. I use the landscape only as a reference point to enter the painting; abstraction takes precedence over replication as a means to go to a deeper level than what is perceived by the eye. When I was young, I was attracted to the work of artists Charles Burchfield and Vincent Van Gogh. I think I liked their work because they were portraying sound and movement with paint. When I realized that visual art could give expression to elements that are invisible, I began my excursion into abstracting the world in an effort to represent energies that a quantum physicist might examine."
Some of you may know Dale. He was born in Forsyth, but he grew up in Glendive. That's where Beckman's exhibit "A Retrospective" begins with his first oil painting created in sixth grade under the instruction of Mrs. Kelly at Washington school. Dale remembers, "I would go to school a couple of hours early, riding with my mother on her way to work." The retrospective exhibit progresses with an oil painting of Makoshika Beckman did at DCHS under the direction of Floyd Smith, along with a few pieces he did at DCC in 1975 under the direction of Jackie Vashus (Schultz). "My earliest memories are that of creating images. Fascinated by the creative process I pursued the art curriculum through my years of education receiving a B.A. from Rocky Mountain College in 1979."
A lot has happened since then. In 1980, Beckman moved to Seattle where he participated in life drawing at Green Lake studios. The following year, he moved back to Billings where he maintained a studio at The Miller Foundation for the Arts. In 1985, he moved to Santa Fe where he participated in that active arts community for more than a decade. In 1996, he moved to Abiquiu New Mexico to paint the scenic land that so inspired Georgia O'Keeffe. In 2005, he returned to Montana where he maintains a studio in Helena.
Beckman's work is represented by the Billings Gallery in Billings. He also has a couple of pieces in the Yellowstone Art Museum consignment gallery. For more information, visit www.dalebeckman.com and www.dalebeckman.net
Opening & Artist Reception 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 10
on the Dawson Community College campus