Beck, Alan F

Tagged: Art

(1944-    ) US artist best known for his wryly humorous, usually small paintings, prints and originals of which are hugely popular at conventions; he has done relatively little Illustration work, mainly for the magazine Space and Time, although there are also some book covers, the first being for the Fantasy Pine Tree Wind (2002) by A L Neff. He received his art education at the Phoenix School of Design, New York, and at New York's School of Visual Arts, and lists as his influences N C Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Richard Powers and Chesley Bonestell. His favoured media are watercolours, acrylics, pastels and digital. He wrote and illustrated the children's book The Adventures of Nogard & Jackpot (graph 2009). In 2009 he was nominated for a Hugo as Best Fan Artist; he has also received two Chesley Award nominations. He is also a recorded singer, songwriter and musician, two of whose compositions are in the Smithsonian Institution Music Collection. [JGr]

Alan Francis Beck

born Allentown, Pennsylvania: 27 June 1944




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