Monday, February 6, 2012

OUR Artist of the Week: Mark Beard

It's often said that an Artist wears many hats, and that couldn't be more true than in the case of Mark Beard.  He's a stage designer, and he works in paint, prints and sculpture.  Mr Beard is an American Artist, born in 1956 in Salt Lake City Utah.  

He is a unique artist with a distinct point of view when it comes to artist growing and maturing through styles and periods versus turning one's art into a brand.    To counteract the latter he  "--developed a number of distinct artist personalities, each with a detailed biography and portrait photograph, to enable himself to work in a variety of styles and mediums."

*His different artist personalities include:

  • Bruce Sargeant (1898–1938), (a spoof on John Singer Sargent) who died in a tragic wrestling accident;
  • Hippolyte-Alexandre Michallon (1849–1930), French beaux-art painter who was the teacher of Bruce Sargeant;
  • Edith Thayer Cromwell (1893–1962), an English friend and colleague of Michallon;
  • Brechtholdt Streeruwitz (1890–1973), rival of Cromwell from Vienna; and
  • Peter Coulter (b. 1948), New York-based artist who was influenced by Cromwell and Streeruwitz's work.
If his work looks familiar to you, it's because you've likely seen it before inside Abercrombie & Fitch.  The company even commissioned him to paint an eleven story mural for the A&F Tokyo store. 

Mark Beard and his partner, James Manfredi reside in an incredible Manhattan Apartment.


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