Jack Beal
Envy, Self-Portrait with Hat, 1977
Oil on Canvas, 26" x 22"

Jack Beal
Orviato Bacchus, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36"

Jack Beal
Double Portrait, 2011
Oil on Canvas, 30" x 24"

Jack Beal
The Crater, 2007
Oil on Canvas, 30" x 36"

Jack Beal
The Doors, 2008
Oil on Linen, 66" x 56"

Jack Beal
Sondra on Chair, 1968
Oil on Canvas, 48" x 48"

Jack Beal
The Pump, 1963
Oil on Canvas, 52" x 57"

Jack Beal
Still-life with anemones, 1962
Oil on Canvas, 33" x 39"

Jack Beal
Daffodils with Corot's "Narni," 2001
Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36"

Jack Beal
Still-Life with Girl, 1966
Oil on Canvas, 49" x 49 1/2"

Jack Beal
Interior with Waders, 1964
Oil on Canvas, 60" x 69"

Jack Beal
The Return of Spring, 1997 (Study for Time Square Subway Station Mosaic), 1997
Oil on Canvas, 53 3/4" x 129"
Unstreched Canvas

Jack Beal
Self-Portrait with Anatomy No. 3, 1986-87
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30"

Jack Beal
Self-Portrait with Rudbeckias and Daylilies, 1988
Oil on Canvas, 30" x 23 3/4"

Jack Beal
Gloves, 1968
Oil on Canvas, 22" x 22"

Jack Beal
Still-Life with Cat, 1999
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30"

Jack Beal
Interior with Olympia, 1964
Oil on Canvas, 67 1/2 " x 79 1/2 "

Press Release

During November and December the George Adams Gallery will present an exhibition of paintings by Jack Beal surveying his career spanning the past five decades. The exhibition includes 21 paintings ranging in date from 1962 to 2011.

 

Notable in the exhibition is one of his earliest and most expressionistic paintings, “Still-life with Anemones“ from 1962, and an early example from his series of paintings of his wife, Sondra Freckelton seen through a trompe l’oeil frame that was featured on the announcement card of his first exhibition at the  Allan Frumkin Gallery in 1965. Also included in the exhibition is the study for Beal’s Times Square MTA mural “The Return of Spring,” 1997, as well as a wall of self-portraits, including his last, made between 1982 and 2011.

 

Jack Beal began his association with the gallery (then the Allan Frumkin Gallery) in 1965 with his first of two one-man exhibitions that year. He exhibited regularly with the gallery in New York for the next 20 years during which time he established himself as a leader of figurative artists (a group that included Alfred Leslie and Philip Pearlstein, who were also affiliated with the gallery) who re-invigorated the tradition of American Realism.

 

Beal was a founder of the Artist’s Choice Museum (1976), the New York Academy of Art (1982), and the La Napoule Art Foundation (1984). In 1977 he completed “The History of Labor,” a series of four 12’x13’ murals commissioned for the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., and in 2001 and 2005 he completed two 20’ long mosaic murals commissioned by New York MTA for the Times Square IRT subway station.

 

Jack Beal was the subject of three museum retrospective exhibitions as well as a monograph by Eric Shanes, and was awarded honorary degrees by the Art Institute of Boston, Hollins College, and the State University of New York, Oneonta. His work is represented in the collections of museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.