Dan Beck is the Gold Medal recipient of the 2017 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition. In 2016, he received three national awards: Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, American Impressionist Society National Exhibition and Oil Painters of America Eastern Reginal Exhibition. He is also the Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition.
Other awards include eight awards of excellence with Oil Painters of America (four National and four Regional). He has also won two consecutive Raymar Art Competition Awards of Excellence, Award of Excellence with Salon International, a first place, a second place and ten finalists with Boldbrush Art competition. Dan has had feature articles in “American Art Collector”, “Southwest Art”, “American Artist”, "Art of the West" “Artists on Art” “Cape Fear Living” magazines and "Art Talk". His paintings were selected for the covers of November 2008 “Southwest Art” and September 2011 “Art of the West”. Dan has been invited to many nationally prominent shows such as “American Art Invitational”, “American Art in Miniature” and “Great American Figurative Show”. He has also exhibited his works in many successful solo and group shows in galleries across the country. His paintings have found collectors in both the private and corporate world on a national level as well as from such diverse places as Canada, Japan and the Middle East. His work is in the permanent collection of the Littleton Historical Museum and he has exhibited with the Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona.
Wanderlust was Dan's primary motivation in the decade following his graduation from high school. Dan took to the road, working jobs that included ranch hand in Arizona, construction on the beach of Florida, refinishing furniture in Louisiana and four years in the infantry, including a two year tour in Germany. Wherever he went, Dan filled sketch books and journals for his own enjoyment. Then in Colorado after a couple of years in college, he realized the thing that meant most to him was his sketch books. So, he quit his job and college, sold everything he had and decided that commitment to one path was where all the previous had led him. Dan has studied at the Art Student League of Denver, with numerous contemporary painters and has continuously studied the impressionist masters.
Dan now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters.
"Painting is a balancing act between opposite ideas - direct observation and instinct, control and spontaneity, even between the literal and the symbolic. It seems to me that although a painter is deeply involved with his own private investigation, his real aim is to communicate something to the viewer that resonates on a uniquely personal level."