Born :: 1956, Maine, United States
Education :: Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine: Painting and Art History, 1996-1997; Goddard College, Plainfield, VT: ADP Creative Writing, 1978-1979; Bennington College, Bennington, VT: Sculpture & Creative Writing, 1978; University of Maine, Orono, Maine: Liberal Arts 1975-1977
Residence :: Lives and works on the coast of Maine
On the fringes of formalism, intellectul distance and pure intuitive expression, Kate Beck imbues her large scale, abstract surfaces with feeling and movement in thin, gestural layers of color that simultaneously float, anchor and rest amidst transitory mark. She pushes around concepts of memory, abstraction, lith nature and obscure social presence, holding back an uneasy premise to quell chaos and let the painting have a run of its own.
"...Life is risky, its all a chance, no matter what great plans we lay down. Odds are formidable! I know that in my life, as with my paintings, I must relax and let things happen as they will, allow a bit of a will-o-waw in the fray. I think we all must, to keep life fresh, real, enduring. There are truths to be discovered, and embraced. This is what I hope for myself, and certainly what I strive to bring to my work."
In his 2011 catalogue essay, Kate Beck, the Potential of Line, Piet Augustijn, Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art at the Gorcums Museum in Gorinchem, The Netherlands, writes "… [her paintings] appear as poetic impressions of colored perception, 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, subtle poetic works with strength, fragility and infinite depth of color... ".
Kate has exhibited and lectured in 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; and BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy. She is collected in the United States (Boston, New York, New Mexico) and in London, France, Portugal and Italy.