Born in eastern Montana, artist Dale Beckman is an image-maker working primarily in abstract-realism painting, who spent years exploring the badlands of the state’s Makoshika State Park as well as the badlands of New Mexico. This series of paintings on view were inspired by the peculiar shapes and colors of that natural terrain.
After receiving a B.A. at Rocky Mountain College in Billings and attending the University of Montana for his post-graduate work Beckman moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and exhibited with Santa Fe Society of Artists, Artist Equity and Rio Grande Artist Co-op. After eleven years in Santa Fe, he moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico and spent the next eight years painting the desert badlands that were once home to artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Today Beckman lives and creates in Helena, Montana.
Abstract Realism is the infusion of the elements of design with the depiction of real-life in visual art.
My landscapes and other image-oriented paintings are concerned with illustrating a non-physical character of reality. Using pattern and line I suggest that the composition is energy rather than matter and that multiple dimensions coexist simultaneously.
I am fascinated by the creation of patterns and I enjoy the process of their creation.
Watch this video introduction to Dale’s art show (with sound.)