Justin Colt Beckman

www.justinbeckman.com

Based around an investigation of the unique characteristics of small-town life and the rural landscape, Justin Colt Beckman’s work explores the dichotomy of urban and rural cultures and their associated stereotypes. Essentially a city boy with country boy tendencies, he uses photo-based works, film/video, sculpture, installation, and new-media to engage with and better understand his rural surroundings.

Beckman received a BFA from Art Center College of design in 1998 and an MFA in sculpture from Central Washington University in 2008. He enjoys a town-and-country lifestyle with a studio in the small, unincorporated town of Thorp, WA and a home in nearby Ellensburg with his wife Monica and their son Porter, and is also a founding member of PUNCH Gallery, an artist-run space in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle.

Beckman has exhibited work both locally and nationally including Art Share in Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; G.A.S.P. in Boston, MA; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, NY. He is a past recipient of an Artist Trust Gap Grant and a 4-Culture Site-Specific Project Grant, and has work in the permanent collection at Tacoma Art Museum.

Western Film Still No. 02

2019, digital composite of western typography on found image, iron oxide polymer print on paper

How the West Was Won

2017, digital collage from found images

Western Film Still No. 4

2019, digital composite of western typography on found image, iron oxide polymer print on paper