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WILLIAM BECKMAN: Five Decades of Self-Portraits

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“Beckman...is an artist who expresses ‘aloneness’ in universal terms. In his work, he presents himself as a likeable enough protagonist, but without being manipulative or eliciting specific emotional responses from viewers. Each of his self-portraits may be considered as a meditative image, an imaginative contemplation of the passage of time, identity, and mortality. In addition, his self-images are steeped in art-historical allusions.”

-David Ebony

“I establish a ‘barrier’ between myself and whoever is viewing it...There is a certain defiance, and it all comes from wanting to keep my space apart from anyone else’s space...I am a loner, and I have always been that way. It’s not that I don’t like people, but I prefer to be by myself. I prefer total silence.”

- William Beckman

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William Beckman, Self Portrait Red on Blue, 2020, oil on panel, 21 1/8 x 16 1/4 inches

Self Portrait Red on Blue, 2020
oil on panel
21 1/8 x 16 1/4 inches
$48,000.

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William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 1976, oil on panel, 11 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Self-Portrait, 1976
oil on panel
11 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Private Collection

William Beckman, Blue on Blue Self-Portrait, 2006, oil on panel, 18 1/8 x 15 1/2 inches, ​Private Collection

Blue on Blue Self-Portrait, 2006
oil on panel
18 1/8 x 15 1/2 inches
Private Collection

William Beckman, S.P. w/ I-P, 2019, oil on panel, 23 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches

S.P. w/ I-P, 2019
oil on panel
23 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches
$60,000.

Inquire
William Beckman, Black on White Self-Portrait (Ducati Cap), 2004, oil on panel, 38 1/2 x 49 1/4  x 3 inches, Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

Black on White Self-Portrait (Ducati Cap), 2004
oil on panel
38 1/2 x 49 1/4  x 3 inches
Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

William Beckman, Self-Portrait at 79 (Black on Red), 2021, oil on panel, 17 x 12 3/4 inches

Self-Portrait at 79 (Black on Red), 2021
oil on panel
17 x 12 3/4 inches
$45,000.

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William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 1998, oil on panel, 14 1/4 x 12 inches, Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

Self-Portrait, 1998
oil on panel
14 1/4 x 12 inches
Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

William Beckman, Self Portrait with Hat, 1979-80, oil on panel, 21 1/8 x 16 3/4 inches, Private Collection, New York

Self Portrait with Hat, 1979-1980
oil on panel
21 1/8 x 16 3/4 inches
Private Collection, New York

William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 2021, oil on panel, 15 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches

Self-Portrait, 2021
oil on panel
15 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches
$45,000.

Inquire
William Beckman, Overcoat with Plowed Field, 2018-2021, oil on canvas, 100 x 73 x 2 inches

Overcoat with Plowed Field, 2018-2021
oil on canvas
100 x 73 x 2 inches
$150,000.

Inquire
William Beckman, Self Portrait #1 (glasses), 1983, charcoal on paper, 42 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches

Self Portrait #1 (glasses), 1983
charcoal on paper
42 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches
$16,000.

Inquire
William Beckman, Self-Portrait with Black Sweater, 1997, charcoal on paper, 29 x 24 3/4 inches

Self-Portrait with Black Sweater, 1997
charcoal on paper
29 x 24 3/4 inches
$10,500.

Inquire
William Beckman, S.P., Brown on Brown, 2013, oil on panel, 21 x 18 1/2 inches

S.P., Brown on Brown, 2013, oil on panel, 21 x 18 1/2 inches

Inquire
William Beckman, Self-Portrait with Farmall Cap, 2009-2015, oil on panel, 34 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches

Self-Portrait with Farmall Cap, 2009-2015
oil on panel
34 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches
$85,000.

Inquire
William Beckman, Self-Portrait (orange shirt), 2003, oil on panel, 18 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches, ​Collection of J.S. Cole, Lake Forest, IL

Self-Portrait (orange shirt), 2003,
oil on panel
18 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches
Collection of J.S. Cole, Lake Forest, IL

William Beckman, SP 79, 2021, oil on panel, 20 5/8 x 18 3/4 inches

S.P. 79, 2021
oil on panel
20 5/8 x 18 3/4 inches
$48,000.

Inquire
William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 1980, oil on panel, 15 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches, Private Collection

Self-Portrait, 1980
oil on panel
15 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
Private Collection

William Beckman, S.P. with Yellow T, 2021, oil on panel, 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

S.P. with Yellow T, 2021
oil on panel
15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
$45,000.

Inquire
William Beckman, Self Portrait Red on Blue, 2020, oil on panel, 21 1/8 x 16 1/4 inches

Self Portrait Red on Blue, 2020
oil on panel
21 1/8 x 16 1/4 inches
$48,000.

William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 1976, oil on panel, 11 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Self-Portrait, 1976
oil on panel
11 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Private Collection

William Beckman, Blue on Blue Self-Portrait, 2006, oil on panel, 18 1/8 x 15 1/2 inches, ​Private Collection

Blue on Blue Self-Portrait, 2006
oil on panel
18 1/8 x 15 1/2 inches
Private Collection

William Beckman, S.P. w/ I-P, 2019, oil on panel, 23 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches

S.P. w/ I-P, 2019
oil on panel
23 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches
$60,000.

William Beckman, Black on White Self-Portrait (Ducati Cap), 2004, oil on panel, 38 1/2 x 49 1/4  x 3 inches, Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

Black on White Self-Portrait (Ducati Cap), 2004
oil on panel
38 1/2 x 49 1/4  x 3 inches
Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

William Beckman, Self-Portrait at 79 (Black on Red), 2021, oil on panel, 17 x 12 3/4 inches

Self-Portrait at 79 (Black on Red), 2021
oil on panel
17 x 12 3/4 inches
$45,000.

William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 1998, oil on panel, 14 1/4 x 12 inches, Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

Self-Portrait, 1998
oil on panel
14 1/4 x 12 inches
Collection of Rob and Marcie Orley, Franklin, MI

William Beckman, Self Portrait with Hat, 1979-80, oil on panel, 21 1/8 x 16 3/4 inches, Private Collection, New York

Self Portrait with Hat, 1979-1980
oil on panel
21 1/8 x 16 3/4 inches
Private Collection, New York

William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 2021, oil on panel, 15 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches

Self-Portrait, 2021
oil on panel
15 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches
$45,000.

William Beckman, Overcoat with Plowed Field, 2018-2021, oil on canvas, 100 x 73 x 2 inches

Overcoat with Plowed Field, 2018-2021
oil on canvas
100 x 73 x 2 inches
$150,000.

William Beckman, Self Portrait #1 (glasses), 1983, charcoal on paper, 42 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches

Self Portrait #1 (glasses), 1983
charcoal on paper
42 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches
$16,000.

William Beckman, Self-Portrait with Black Sweater, 1997, charcoal on paper, 29 x 24 3/4 inches

Self-Portrait with Black Sweater, 1997
charcoal on paper
29 x 24 3/4 inches
$10,500.

William Beckman, S.P., Brown on Brown, 2013, oil on panel, 21 x 18 1/2 inches

S.P., Brown on Brown, 2013, oil on panel, 21 x 18 1/2 inches

William Beckman, Self-Portrait with Farmall Cap, 2009-2015, oil on panel, 34 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches

Self-Portrait with Farmall Cap, 2009-2015
oil on panel
34 1/2 x 49 1/4 inches
$85,000.

William Beckman, Self-Portrait (orange shirt), 2003, oil on panel, 18 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches, ​Collection of J.S. Cole, Lake Forest, IL

Self-Portrait (orange shirt), 2003,
oil on panel
18 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches
Collection of J.S. Cole, Lake Forest, IL

William Beckman, SP 79, 2021, oil on panel, 20 5/8 x 18 3/4 inches

S.P. 79, 2021
oil on panel
20 5/8 x 18 3/4 inches
$48,000.

William Beckman, Self-Portrait, 1980, oil on panel, 15 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches, Private Collection

Self-Portrait, 1980
oil on panel
15 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
Private Collection

William Beckman, S.P. with Yellow T, 2021, oil on panel, 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

S.P. with Yellow T, 2021
oil on panel
15 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
$45,000.

“If the job of the artist...is to illuminate his or her moment in time, and to communicate for future generations the experience of being alive today, then Beckman’s example is one that should be followed.”

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