Originally Published: November 21, 2014 5:59 a.m.
The Phippen Museum in Prescott proudly announces that oil painter Phil Beck has won the Peoples' Choice award during their extremely popular exhibition and sale, Hold Your Horses.
His oil painting, Makin' a Splash, was warmly received by a majority of the voting public and is a beautiful tribute to the horse: that noble and hard-working companion of all mankind. And as the exhibition's media sponsor, Western Art Collector magazine has awarded him their award of excellence, including paid advertising in an upcoming publication.
Starting his career as a successful illustrator in Chicago, Beck was drawn to the world of fine art in 1980 when he arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona. He studied at the American Academy of Fine Art in Chicago and is a versatile artist, specializing in figurative work. Beck's predominant medium is oil, but he is also known for the speed and accuracy in his drawings. And his love for animals is apparent in his artwork, as they appear in most of his paintings.
In addition, Beck has been an instructor at the Scottsdale Artist School for over twenty years and has lectured and taught workshops around the country. He has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Art of the West Magazine, Western Horseman and several other publications. He is also a participant in several art shows, including the Phippen Museum's annual Western Art Show & Sale. Furthermore, his paintings have garnered numerous awards and hang in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Phil lives with his artist wife, Marty, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and says his passion for painting is never-ending.
Hold Your Horses is an annual exhibition and sale at the Phippen Museum and next year's event is scheduled for July 31 through Sept. 27, 2015. Horse lovers, Western art enthusiasts and art collectors from far and wide will be on hand once again in 2015, so mark your calendars now for this very special exhibit honoring the powerful and loyal horse.