Gretchen Beck
Contemporary Abstract Art

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

For the images I produce as an artist, I have conducted research in Niger, West Africa, where I lived for three years. My art involves an exploration of the Nigerien landscape, the Djarma and Fulani cultures and the art forms they create. This abstract work portrays ritual and tradition in Nigerien culture.

To create my imagery, I work from a variety of references. Relationships among color, shape, and texture come together to form fluid and grid-like compositions. Color dominates the images and dictates the media employed to produce them. This portfolio combines painting with oil on wood, drawing with oil paint, collage, ink drawings, mixed-media works, charcoal and graphite on paper.

Gretchen Beck served as Professor of Art, Chair of the Art Department, Curator and on the faculty at Concordia University, Irvine, CA, for eleven years. Currently, she is a professional artist.

Recently, she has created a series of exhibitions for the following galleries: Gallery 19, Rockport, MA; Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valpraraiso, IN; Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH; Lucille Parker Gallery, William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS; Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, N.Y.; Reflection Gallery, Finlandia University, Hancock, MI; Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL; Farnham Gallery, Simpson College, Indianola, IA; Goodall Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, SC; Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Dixie State University Sears Art Museum Gallery, St. George, UT; and the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.

She exhibits and discusses her work in group and solo exhibitions in galleries, on national and international levels. For further information about her work in the visual arts, please contact her at gretchenjo.beck@gmail.com