Dressing Room III

Dressing Room III


Oil
canvas
Interested in a variety of artistic styles, artist Mark Beard has created a complex network of fictional personas which he then embodies to create his paintings. Each persona is an imagined character with a detailed biography and distinct artistic style influenced by their time period and personality. For example, Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938) was a British artist known for his paintings that celebrated the male body. However, Sargeant's career was cut tragically short when he died in a wrestling accident. His great-nephew, artist Mark Beard, eventually rediscovered Sargeant's paintings--including this example. 

However, Sargeant is actually one of Beard's five fictional personas. Sargeant is intended as a commentary on European art history's traditional focus on female forms and the erasure of queer identities. Through this fictional character, Beard asks viewers to reconsider their assumptions of identity, culture, and art history.
Gift of James Manfredi, 2013
2013.5