What we do
Since 1979, Beckmann Studio has completed nearly 250 projects throughout the country. Most of our murals are painted on canvas, in the studio. Following commission, we develop with our clients a basic design direction through interviews and consulting. Then we do research, establish broad compositional patterns and create preliminary layout sketches or “roughs” for presentation. Locating key source photos is also part of this process.
Once an overall theme with all its aspects or subjects is worked out, we create a scale mockup for client approval before beginning the actual murals. After executing the murals in oil or acrylic, they are marked (for installation), rolled and shipped to their final destination. Murals up to 50’ long and 12’ high can be painted in this way on single pieces of canvas. Larger commissions are executed by painting on contiguous panels; we deal on site with seams or junctures after the canvases are installed.
While painting on canvas away from construction site distraction and hazards seems most expedient, we are flexible and work with clients to create the most effective scenario. For example, in 2003 the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, DC, commissioned us to design and execute six murals for the Garden Court of the U.S. Botanic Garden. Because of the unique atmosphere of the court (high UV, temperature and humidity) we elected to paint with special silicate paint that molecularly bonded to cement panels. We then had to create unique easels to hold the three 145 pound, 4’ x 7’ panels, stacked on top of each other to create each of the six 7’ x 12’ murals. In 2005, we shipped these fragile works in special crates, got them through Capital security and installed them. The director of the USBG recently wrote to us that the “work has held up well and been much loved and appreciated by our visitors.”
Following the completion of the Capitol Project in Washington, DC, Beckmann Studio relocated from Las Vegas to Oregon. Our current studio was designed to meet most demands from our clients. We can simulate any light situation under which murals will finally be seen. Our current studio provides us with lots of natural light. When a work is meant to be seen in an environment with incandescent light, we can shutter natural light sources and paint under lighting systems which replicate the art’s final home situation.
Garry Limuti and Robert Beckmann first worked together on a large museum diorama in 2005, and Garry is now our lead painter.