Charles Beck is one of the most recognized artists in Minnesota. His woodblock prints and paintings have been shown widely, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art center.
Beck was born and raised in Fergus Falls, Minnesota where he continues to make his home. From 1960-1987 he was the art instructor at Minnesota State-Fergus Falls. His subject matter is the landscape and nature of Otter Tail County.
Beck has defined our landscape like no other regional artist. Through his work he creates an interpretation of his own experiences and vision in nature. He shows us the simple beauty of a bare tree and a dandelion or places us inside a tulip. Through his signature woodcuts, we experience multidimensional landscapes and up close studies of flowers, plants, trees and birds.
On his connection to the natural world, Beck states, “Nature is all about us. The never-ending cycle of the seasons stimulates the senses. One must only look – to experience the patterns, textures, and colors of the land and sky, the hills and woods, the weeds and flowers. My hope is that I have helped open the eyes of others to this diversity, this mystery.”
Charles Beck teaches us to pay attention. We slow down when we see the patchwork of October or the ghost farm along the highway. Otter Tail County locals call these “Beck moments.” Charles Beck’s art is exhibited and sold at Kaddatz Galleries in Fergus Falls and Ripple River Gallery in Aitkin.
Charles Beck Art Displayed in Our Office