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January Artist | Faceless by David Beck-Brown
January 1 - January 29
In January, the Claremont Forum will be showcasing the work of artist David Beck-Brown.
Each of these 49 portraits is named after an actual person who is incarcerated in the Auschwitz-Berkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp. Their ages range from 15 to 67. The artistic process of using charcoal and gesso created this unique imagery. Hence, it’s possible they resemble the individual they were named for without knowing whether or not they survived. Or, perhaps they simply resemble a loved one the viewer can relate to, dead or alive.
Beck Brown will also bring an authentic canister of Zyclon B.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My academic training includes a Masters Degree in sculpture and a Bachelors Degree in Painting. I am also a graduate of the Meisner Method School of Acting.
Professional highlights include serving as a modern dancer and the Art Director of Harry Partch’s West Coast tour of The Bewitched and being one of the original dancers with the San Diego Dance Theater.
My monochrome steel sculptures have been installed throughout the Southwest including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Hollywood Hills, La Jolla, Mt. Helix, Rancho San Diego, Las Vegas and Tijuana, with four (4) in a series currently on display in the North Coastal communities of San Diego County.
Perhaps the most interesting element of my background pertaining to my current exhibition entitled Faceless is my background working with incarcerated individuals. In 1977, with funding from the California Arts Council, I created an arts program at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego where I taught art to prisoners including Christopher Boyce from The Falcon and the Snowman. This program soon expanded to include individuals housed in the Federal Witness Protection Program, names of whom I can still not disclose today. My career in corrections continued in 1989 when I became the Institution Artist Facilitator at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) in San Diego County. I retired on partial disability in 2009.