Pure Energy – Beck Lee Cover Story

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Beck Lee’s brush strokes create a pulse in a canvas bringing it to life. Carlie Wacker meets a cover artist that radiates some serious energy in her paintings.

You should be able to feel something when you view art – joy, confusion, happiness, concern but when I see a Beck Lee piece, I feel energy.

From cool coastal vibes to spiritually moving and intriguing pieces, the inspiration and motivation behind Beck’s art was something I was inspired to explore. 

“I started out being inspired by the Surrealists, and I have been told that I paint somewhere between Contemporary art and Expressionism,” Beck said. 

“When I do sit down to paint, I never really set out with a particular style in mind, I just keep myself open to absorb inspiration.

“My interest has always been in the emotion of a suspended point in time; trying to capture that moment so that we can live in it a little longer. 

“I love playing with light and always try to depict that dreamlike quality from those surreal origins.” 

I can feel that suspension in time that Beck refers to and I find myself holding my breath a moment longer to absorb each moment captured in the collection we were considering for a front cover. 

Our unanimous choice was a painting named Eternal Union. Beck describes it as “A gentle and reflective moment after spending a day with the ocean, sitting quietly with gratitude.”

Do you feel that too? I just sink into that wave when I look at our cover – I feel an instant release of tension. The sun is shining, I’m at the will of the ocean sitting in solitude and peace. 

Like a lot of Sunshine Coast artists, Beck explores her connection with water in many of her pieces.

“When I returned home to the Sunshine Coast after studying art in Melbourne, I decided I was finally going to learn how to surf,” she said. “Surfing became a truly transformative and spiritual experience for me. The ocean taught me so much; I was taken down a few pegs and humbled at how little I knew when I started, I had to learn to become truly present – one moment of letting my mind drift could be the catalyst of being pummelled by a wave, but I also learned the sheer euphoria of riding that perfect wave; the feeling of bliss, achievement and beauty of moving with the force of the ocean.  

“I wanted to create a series of paintings that truly translated this experience onto canvas.”

For this series Beck collaborated with some fantastic photographers; Matt Holland, Yanik Tissera and Camille Robiou Du Pont, who generously gave her permission to interpret their images into her personal style and reflect her own experiences.

 I love that her oil on canvas is almost like watercolour and Beck said she adored working with oil paint.

“It’s such a versatile medium; with just small adaptations of technique it can be textured, or it can be as smooth as watercolours,” she said. “When I am looking for something grittier and bold I introduce acrylic paint, but my primary medium of choice seems to always come back to oils.”

No matter the medium the result is art with a pulse and deep connection with the ocean and the place we call home. 

Explore the work of this Sunshine Coast artist on Instagram or Facebook or at www.beck-lee-art.square.site 

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Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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