+ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kate Beck was born in 1956 in Bath, Maine, United States. She studied at the University of Maine, Bennington College, Goddard College and the Maine College of Art. She lives and maintains her studios on the coast of Maine.
"I create conceptual, non-objective surfaces. My works evolve in response to material systematically placed and displaced within a given field, finding opportunity for mark to repetitively gather and disband. In this way, a tension is created that oscillates between formalistic geometry and existential space, an allusion to thought and consciousness and to the passage of time. My muted color cadences and detailed surfaces are parallels to the nature of light and to my lifelong relationship with the sea. -Kate Beck, 2017"
Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art, Piet Augustijn, of the Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, The Netherlands, wrote in his 2011 catalogue essay Kate Beck, The Potential of Line, “… these (works) are poetic impressions of colored perceptions, interpretations of a personal experience of nature created from within and resulting in oases of inner calm and contemplation, but also of mystery, reminiscent of the pigment sculptures by Anish Kapoor (b.1954), subtle poetic works with fragile skin and infinite depth of color. “
Kate Beck has exhibited and lectured within the United States and Europe, including: Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine; New Mexico Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; University of Western Bohemia, Czech Republic; Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, Nederlands; PIT Project Space, Tilburg, Nederlands; ParisCONCRET Projects, Paris, France; Brito.Rodriguez Arquitectura, Lisboa, Portugal; Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Soest, Germany; Newly Center, Cornwall, UK and and BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy and Cassis, France. Her works are in public and private collections in Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Taos, New Mexico; Paris, France; Lisboa, Portugal and Milan, Italy.