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John Beerman

John Beerman is a native of North Carolina and has recently returned to resettle in historic Hillsborough after thirty-five years in the Hudson River Valley. Beerman studied art at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, and at Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his BFA. Referring to Beerman's primary focus of the landscape, John Coffey, Deputy Director for Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art stated, "John is clearly observing nature and translating it into a sort of hyper reality. Rather than simple reportage, John's landscapes communicate his response to the sensations he feels when he paints a scene."

John Beerman’s works are meticulously crafted landscape visions that capture the essence of time, place and space. Beerman’s subtleness is reminiscent of the luminist painters of the 19th century, yet thoroughly contemporary in spirit and point of view. In a New York Times article published August 24, 2008, Beerman was quoted as seeing himself in the tradition of the Luminist offshoots of the Hudson River School. "They had a lot of sky, and subdued brushwork, so that the hand of the particular artist wasn’t so obvious," said Beerman. "They had a quietude," he added. "Not so much drama."

Beerman's work is part of numerous public and private collections, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and most recently the Whitney Museum of American Art. Beerman's paintings are also among the collection of the North Carolina Governor's mansion and the New York Governor’s mansion. Beerman has also been the recipient of many awards and commissions. He recently completed an eighty-five foot mural for the new Milsein Family Heart Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.