Michener Art Museum Features Local Painter Whose Documentary-Style Work Is Done ‘Onsite, in One Sitting’

Artist-painter Robert Beck's oil on panel "Dog Day" (2012)
Image via Robert Beck at The James A. Michener Museum.
"Dog Day" (2012) by Robert Beck, oil on panel.

The work of long-time New Hope/Lambertville artist Robert Beck will grace the walls of the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Beans Gallery, beginning July 30.

Beck’s work is in the documentary style, capturing the people, occupations, and places familiar to locals. His talent is something of a lightning-in-a-bottle ability; he paints subjects in one sitting, onsite.

“Beck’s approach to his subjects is personal, but his subjective vision is relatable and familiar to many of us,” said Laura Turner Igoe, Ph.D., Chief Curator of the Michener Art Museum. “Beck’s paintings convey a strong sense of community and belonging that we are sure will resonate with many visitors.”

Over the course of his career, Beck has helped to advance and expand the region’s traditions of Impressionism and Urban Realism. The exhibit features Beck’s oil paintings, documenting a world that contemporary audiences recognize as their own, from storefronts and street corners to restaurants, carnivals, and parades.

“For the first time, we have gathered paintings from all parts of Beck’s career, bringing them together in this comprehensive exhibit,” said Guest Curator David Leopold, who organized the exhibition.

Beck attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and maintains studios in New Hope and New York City.

More information on this showing is at the Michener Art Museum.

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