Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Jeffrey Becom



Jeffrey Becom, Shoes, Chandla, Madhya Pradesh, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Sharpener's Shop, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Silk Horse, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Steps from the Ganges, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Street in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Red Bundle, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Red Sari, Lahar, Madhya Pradesh, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Tiger Wall, Pokaran, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Two Prayers, Tegpura, Madhya, Pradesh, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Wedding Wall, Naoli, Madhya Pradesh, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom Ganesh Wall, Balotra, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Pink Door, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Pink Landscape, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Grandchild, Madhya Pradesh, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Burden of Sand, Balesar, Rajasthan, India, 2008

Jeffrey Becom, Two Red Chairs, San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico

Jeffrey Becom, White Goat, Bangra, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2008

Born in 1953 in Shelbyville, Indiana, Jeffrey Becom earned a BA in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Exhibiting his work in gallery's worldwide since 1981, Becom uses his background in architecture to capture powerful, nearly abstract images of landscapes, homes and places of worship.

California-based Becom is also a writer, painter and visual anthropologist. With his wife, Sally Aberg, he has authored two award-winning books, Mediterranean Color and Maya Color: The Painted Villages of Mesoamerica (both from Abbeville Press, New York, 1990 and 1997). In 1993 Becom had a retrospective exhibition of oils, watercolors and photographs at The Octagon's American Architectural Foundation galleries in Washington, D.C.

New York Times critic Paul Goldberger calls Becom's images of Mayan villages in Central and South America "poised between the making of art and the documentation of architecture.... [Becom] takes a tiny swath of the vernacular landscape and makes of it a composition with the brilliance and intensity of an abstract painting." Becom's work is included in several private, corporate and museum collections.





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16 comments:

Gabbi said...

His work is gorgeous, love the colors and the architecture!

Trissta said...

Oh those colors are killer. I love the abstraction of them. I almost swore they were paintings in the beginning... Wow.

Much Love,
Trissta

sporkgasm said...

The way he captures color is magnificent. He just made me want to go to wherever those pictures were taken.

tulpen said...

Lovely.

I needed those pretty colors today.

Dancing Branflake said...

I love art like this. I bet just having one piece would transform a home entirely.

Claire Kiefer said...

So beautiful. I love all that bright color. Reminds me of Guatemala, where I was so impressed with all the brightness everywhere.

Phoenix said...

Wow... the colors are amazing. Am I crazy or is the first piece a painting? Either way, all of his stuff is so gorgeous...

just what I needed on a gray California day. :)

Welcome! said...

wait...paintings?!?! WOW! I thought hey were photographs and had a whole other comment ready to send.

anita said...

wow! love them all!

L'sJourney said...

Wow! Pure magic.

Caroline said...

Ah-mazing!

Megan said...

Gorgeous!

NellieVaughn said...

This is what America lacks. Color. Well, more than that, but...

Monica L. Shulman said...

really evocative work. thanks for sharing it. I have to research him more.

Kitty Stampede said...

OOOoooooooo....purely amazing. i would freak if i went to a place with that much crazy color every where. oh man, imagine. i love the photo of that crazy intense looking baby and woman.

Kathryn said...

The images are very captivating and colorful.

Hard to believe he is from Shelbyville, IN, best known for Sandy Allen, the tallest women in the world and Edna Parker who was the oldest woman in the world at one time.

I live in Indiana and it seems the best thing our state is know for is being on "Cops".

However, it would be nice if he reaches international achievement and the state can be know for spawning an artist instead of a criminal.