Artist Statement

I have come through a long history of image and object making, to abstract expressionism, however I use other genres, depending of the intent. It is however, in abstract expressionism that I am able to work with easy integrity.

I make work with a dedicated conscious intent to express that which is in me, or coming through me, that I could not express or even think of, whilst in the normal everyday state of being. it is a pure and spontaneous record of marks revealing the emotional , intellectual and spiritual states of being at the time of the work. I shift gears to get to the safe and familiar place of an altered state, and then I can engage in the progress.

The purer one is in the progress, the more intelligently the work will speak. I am also interested in the energetic frequency that is carried from artists hand to the actual object on which they work, and then I am in progress of measuring the energetic force that is given off by the work to the viewer, an ongoing fascinating quest.

I have had a rich and varied American art life. I have had several one person shows and numerous group shows, and am now back living in South Africa I have had a one person show at T. Reads Knysna Fine Art Gallery. My work is collected by corporate and privates in the United States, Europe and South Africa.

I have been involved Site Specific land art series in Plettenberg Bay, gathering the local artist to participate, and assisting the team. I created the life drawing classes and facilitated the Vernissage shows in plettenberg Bay, which have now spread around well.

PERSONAL DATA Born: 23 June1947 Nick Name: “Muffin” Studio: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa 1982-1976: Received USA Citizenship, before that South Africa and Seychelle Islands were home. 1981: Home and working - 2000, New Mexico and Texas as residences and working studios. 2000 - 2005: San Diego, California - working studio 2005 - 2006: Fort Worth Texas - working studio 2006 - 2011 Plettenberg Bay, South Africa – working studio 2012: Working studio Plettenberg Bay 2013: Working studio / gallery Plettenberg Bay 2014: Working studio / gallery / theatre Plettenberg Bay.

COMMISSIONS Private and corporate commissions, including: Several private commissions in South Africa. Miller of Texas , Santa Barbara California Pier One corporate offices Fort Worth, Texas Dallas Design Center, Dallas, Texas Museum of Modern Art, Dallas, Texas , auction piece. non profit. Fort Worth Zoo: Interior aspects of gallery and architectural details throughout the zoo compound. (in addition to awarding Bekker a major one person show in the same gallery) Alford and Associates, Dallas, Texas George C Nash, Dallas, Texas Human Rights Event, Dallas, Texas Jaye Skaggs a.s.i.d multiple commissions. Charles Weatherby collector several commissions. COLLECTIONS Montego Corporation, Cape. South Africa- painting Dr and Mrs Lopez California USA painting American Airlines Texas – ceramics Charles Weatherby - Texas - paintings and installation Harris Hospital Group Texas - paintings Pier One Corporation Texas - neon and painting Robert Bass Enterprises Texas subsidery co. paintings and clay Citibank Dallas - works on paper (Through William Campbell) California Cancer Center San Diego, Ca. installation and works on paper Munich Germany, private collection London and Scotland, private collection. South Africa, private collection PUBLICATIONS Bekker has featured in many publications including: The Eastern Province Herald, South Africa New York Times In Flight Magazine S.A.A (Sawubona) Fort Worth Home and Gardens Texas Homes Mag. Dallas Times Herald Texas Monthly Fort Worth Star Telegram Southern Accents Magazine Plettenberg Bay News Knysna Motion Mag Die Burger

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