Julie Beck creates paintings that are rich in detail, color and texture, fully erasing strict definitions of portraiture and still life. Drawing on sources as diverse as iconic American alternative rock band album covers to turtle shells, she often uses animals and items that invite social commentary or have deep personal meaning from her own history. “I play with different groupings of objects until a narrative or relationship emerges, although I fully expect audiences to craft their own story based on their own experiences and relationships with the objects I include,” she says.
A native New Yorker and graduate of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, Beck began her career as a freelance designer. She moved to Massachusetts in 2011 and studied at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston. Beck now is an instructor and the assistant director of that academy. She has exhibited extensively, and her work is in private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Beck has received many honors for her work.