Sarah Van Beckum

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Sarah Van Beckum
Littleton, Colorado - United States

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My interest in art started as a child when I imagined fabric designs and transferred them to paper. In college my design teacher, a renowned textile designer, introduced me to the technique of silkscreen printing. Over time I developed my own artistic style by incorporating a love of fabric design and pattern into screenprinting on textiles. These early influences are apparent in my current style of​ acrylic painting on canvas and board.

The first stroke of paint goes on the canvas with a flourish and at that point I have made a mark to which I must respond. Every line, brushstroke or mark-making gesture serves to inform my next move. I like the surface to be built up and multi-layered, so the early stages of painting are random and carefree. This creates richness and complexity. As I move through the work I hone in on areas that excite me and let those parts become standout features of the painting. My work grows to completion organically, without preconceived ideas about the look of the finished piece. The painting is finished when the colors sing and the composition piques my interest.

Sarah's work is included in many private collections and hangs alongside works by Dali and Picasso. 


CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Sky Ridge Hospital | Lone Tree, Colorado, 2014
Kohler Showcase | Kohler, WI 1999
Sky Ridge Hospital | CO
CB Richard Ellis | Denver, CO
Saint Joseph’s Hospital | CO
Hyatt Hotel | Denver, CO
Holly Creek Christian Living | Denver, CO
Scott Bradley and Company | Castle Rock, CO
Colorado Reproductive Specialists | CO
First Community Mortgage | CO
Exempla Hospital | CO
Element | Denver, CO
First National Bank of Colorado | Denver, CO
Pinnacle Assurance | CO
Lockheed Martin | CO
Pinedale Medical Clinic | WY
The Frazier Family | Parker & Breckenridge | CO
University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Patient Pavilion | CO
Capital Investment Counsel, Inc | Denver, CO
University of Colorado Folsom Field Executive Suites | Boulder, CO
BJ Adams and Company Real Estate | Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, CO
Megastar Financial, Frank Propatti | North Cherry Creek, CO
Hyatt Regency Denver | Colorado Convention Center Hotel
Merrill Lynch, Denver, CO
Satriana & Biscan, LLC Denver CO
HarperHofer, LLC Denver, CO


WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Surface Design for Industry | Penland School, Penland, NC
Textile Design and Printing - Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI
Polychromatic Screen Printing - Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI
Abstract Painting- Karen Roehl, Art Students League of Denver


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Sky Ridge Hospital | Lone Tree, Colorado, 2014
Art Expo New York City | 1996 - 2015
The Mask Project | 2004, 2005, 2014
Art Students League of Denver | Denver, CO, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Luxury on Lawrence, Apex Real Estate Solutions | 2013
WCAF Trade Show | Las Vegas 2010
Decor Atlanta | 2000, 2002 & 2003
Showcase of Homes | Fort Collins, 1996
Maison & Objet | Paris, 1996
Greenwood Gallery | 1996
Kohler Showcase | Kohler, WI 1995