Rick Beck

 
Green Serving Spoon (2013), cast glassIndigo Spoon, cast glass/mixed media, 78in tallThree Part Indigo Figure, cast glass/mixed media, 64in tallLag Loop, cast glass/mixed media, 70in tall
Looking Glass, Darkly, cast glass, 70in tall, SOLDBlue Boy (2010), cast glass, 20x12in (45in tall on the stand), SOLDDamaged Angel, cast glass, 28 x 31 x 16in
Kneeling Pull Toy (2011), cast glass/mixed media, 16 x 11in (27in tall on cart)Clear Measuring Spoons (2013), cast glass/mixed media, 12 x 24 x 20in, SOLDReclining Monarch, cast glass/mixed media, 74in tallReclining Figure, cast glass/mixed media, 76in tall
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Rick Beck is a studio artist based in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. He began working in glass at Hastings College in Nebraska, where he received his Bachelor's Degree. He received an Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University. In 1994, Rick was awarded a visual arts fellowship by the North Carolina Arts Council, followed by a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Visual Arts fellowship from the Southern Arts Federation in 1995. Beck is part of the studio glass movement. He has taught at the prestigious Pilchuck glass school, assisting artists Curtiss Brock and Jan Mares. He has also taught at the Penland School of Craft since 1988. Rick Beck is known for his large-scale cast glass sculpture depicting industrial, everyday objects and the human figure.

His work is in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), the Wustum Museum of Fine Art (WI), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (LA), the Asheville Art Museum (NC) and the Columbia Museum of Art (SC). Rick currently works from his studio in Western North Carolina.

Statement:
By using a fragile material to represent items usually regarded as sturdy and nearly indestructible, glass artist Rick Beck creates an interesting balance and contradiction in his work. Whether depicting figures or everyday objects, Beck creates a fascinating distortion to our sense of scale and form.

“I am interested in playing volumes of mass against details by extracting and exaggerating the things I find interesting. Ultimately the work should challenge the eye and the mind.”
— Rick Beck

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