difference between a "combat artist" and
a "military illustrator" is that the combat
artist has to have been on the front lines
and witnesses the events he portrays, as
opposed to recreating scenes and images
from imagination or descriptions provided
by others. In addition to being an official
U.S. Navy Combat Artist, Soldier of Fortune
magazine called Beck the only American painter
who can lay claim to being the "Cold War's
Combat Artist." (SOF Jan 99).
Frederic Remington, Winslow Homer, and cowboy
artist Charlie Russell in the 19th Century,
Chip Beck lived and experienced the history,
scenes, and people he depicts. Sometimes,
his artistic renderings were secondary aspects
of his missions in faraway countries. Other
times, such as Operation Desert Storm, when
the U.S. Navy sent him to cover the war
as an artist, it was his primary duty.
as the works of Remington, Homer, Russell,
Chandler, Brodie, and other artists who
rendered history in the making are highly
prized works of art by collectors, so too
will the works of Commander Beck one day
be representative of a world and events
few artists, and not too many Americans
in general, experienced directly.
Commander Chip Beck experienced and was involved in wars, revolutions,
and conflicts in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Angola, the Western Sahara
(POLISARIO war), Sudan (civil war), Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad, Libya, Beirut,
Kuwait (Operation Desert Storm), El Salvador, Honduras/Nicaragua, Panama
(Operation Just Cause), Afghanistan, Colombia and the Caribbean (drug wars),
Grenada, Cuba, and the Soviet bloc (Cold War). Additionally, he has traveled
foreign countries in his career, from which more paintings and sketches
have been and are forthcoming.
Beck has 130 paintings in government collections
of the Navy, Pentagon, State Department,
National Defense University, Kuwaiti Embassy,
and the U.S. Postal Service. Beck originals
are also owned by writer Tom Clancy, actor
Tom Selleck, the Director General of the
U.S. Foreign Service, and private collectors.
Individual clients, museums, collectors, or corporations who wish to purchase
original works (individually or as collections) of art from these historic
periods, order limited edition prints, or commission new originals should
contact the artist.