A noted American painter, Martin Beck, lives, breathes, and creates right here in Lexington, KY. Since his entrance into the art world in 1992, Martin’s works have been displayed in major cities from Manhattan to Santa Monica, and there is grand reason for this. As William Zimmer from the New York Times put it, “Mr.Beck seems determined to take America's pulse at the end of the century, and it races.” Dan Bischoff from The Sunday Star Ledger, in reference to Martin Beck’s astounding works, declares that, “The artist is not afraid to paint at the top of his lungs.”
Martin Beck grew up just 20 blocks from an ecological disaster commonly referred to as the “Love Canal”, which took place in Niagara Falls, New York. This encounter reflects heavily in his works. His figures and livid colors seek to bring to the forefront of our minds a reminder of the fragility in our surroundings.
Martin’s bold ideological statements as well as his vivid imagery, figure, and form, make his works something quite powerful and memorable. Each image has a voice, a voice that demands to be heard.
Written by Joe Schwarz, LAL Contributing Writer