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ern coast of Maine each year to document life in the fishing towns and villages. Beck is known for addressing subjects through multiple-painting ‘visual essays’. These have included bodies of work painted on a towboat pushing barges down the Mississippi, travelling with surgeons in Senegal, and a 44-image exploration of the contemporary American West. He has painted live on television broadcasts, in the midst of symphony orchestra performances, and even in operating theatres during surgeries — documenting the people, places and occupations of our time. Beck’s work in Maine is his largest body of work on a common subject.

ROBERT BECK | OVER EAST

Award-wining painter Robert Beck has been returning to the north-

This book is a companion piece to the 2016 solo exhibition of Robert “There is a pace, a common understanding, and a heritage, that course

Beck’s paintings at the Maine Maritime Museum, titled Over East —

along the coast just like in West Virginia coal towns and

An Artist’s Journal: The Contemporary Maritime Community. Included

Kansas farm communities. Proximity to nature, and the beauty and harsh reality that come with it, dictate what’s important.” — From JONESPORT

with images painted from life among the locals as they work, and studio paintings created from recollection, are a dozen essays written about his experiences, all previously published in ICON Magazine. These paintings and stories, crafted with keen observation, humor, and obvious love for his subjects, are a celebration of a distinctly American place and culture, revered for its heritage, work ethic, and natural beauty.

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Robert Beck "Over East" – Maine Maritime Museum Exhibition Catalog  
Robert Beck "Over East" – Maine Maritime Museum Exhibition Catalog  

Award-wining painter Robert Beck has been returning to the northern coast of Maine each year to document life in the fishing towns and villa...

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