"Self-Portrait as a Young Artist"
Oil on Panel. 12x9" c. 1959
At the reunion Ken was one of the first classmates I recognized. And I do recognize him clearly in this young self-portrait. It has been fun to get to know him better and to learn what he has been doing in the intervening 50+ years. Back in the 1950's I knew very little of the artistic side of Ken Beck. Now I look forward to visiting his studio and seeing his artwork, especially the series of 10 paintings he did based on family photos from Cheever Street. "All together, they constitute a kind of painted visual autobiography," he says.
See the June column The Education of a young artist, which was published in the paper June 7 and posted online June 9. Updated link: The Education of a young Danvers artist