Saul Becker is a contemporary landscape painter who incorporates fragments of different places and sources to create dream-like natural scenes that are both beautiful and foreboding. Titles like “Last Look”, “Entropia”, and “Ghostland” give urgency to his compositions, which lack any human presence. His drawings are particularly evocative, showing incredible detail in the natural landscape as seen above in Ghostlog. Becker chooses a muted palette except for the leaves and branches in the foreground, which appear to be seeping green, a metaphorical reference to our slowly fading ecosystem. The fallen log in front is pushed into the picture plane as a strong symbol of destruction and life past.
Becker received his B.F.A from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and his M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has had solo exhibitions at King County Art Gallery in Seattle and at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, and has two upcoming exhibitions. The first is Works on Paper at Sunday L.E.S. in New York from April 24-May 25 and Eden’s on Fire! at the Platform Gallery in Seattle from May 8-June 14.