Michael Beck, Checkmate, 48 x 21", Oil on canvas, 2001, Michael Beck, Hanging Out, 42 x 54", Oil on canvas, 2005 Michael Beck, Rapid Washer, 38 x 25", oil on canvas, 2003.
Michael Beck, Nightwatch, 41 1/2 x 62", Oil on canvas, 2003 Michael Beck, Night Maneuvers, 16 x 16", Oil on canvas, 2006, NFS. Michael Beck, Mother's Gone Missing, 48 x 74", Oil on canvas, 2005
Michael Beck, Wheel of Fortune, 47 1/2 x 28 1/2", Oil on canvas, 2001 Michael Beck, Magellan's First Voyage, 27 1/2 x 23 1/2", Oil on canvas, 2003 Michael Beck, Broadway Boogie Woogie, 44 1/2 x 30", Oil on canvas, 2003,

Michael Beck is best known for his crisp and exacting images, reminiscent of Dutch still lifes. Elegantly composed and technically superior, objects in them seem to compete for space as white light dances among them on the surface. Viewers ask if the objects are painted or affixed to the canvas. But these are not the images Beck paints today.

His work today is a distillation and synthesis of his experience and virtuosity. Instead of many objects, there is now a single, to-scale item in each of the works. They may be familiar, maybe not. These objects have had their own 'lives', perhaps their own stories - hence "Biography": a house jack, coin changer, lawn sprinkler or even an ironing board - yet items not found in stores today - unless shopping for antiques.

Once you move beyond the curiosity of an object, you are seduced by its rendering - the quality, even its emotion. We discover the paintings may not be so different from earlier works because their subjects, really, are the masterful handling of light and color and composition.

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