New Member Feature: Mark Beebe



Mark Beebe moved to Lincoln in 2012, retiring after twenty-five years of working as a security supervisor at the Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington. He has always drawn and painted, influenced as a young person by Marvel comics and surrealists like Matta, Ernst, and Tanguy. Later enthusiasms included Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, and “visionary” artists influenced by the psychedelic experience, including Alex Grey and Giger. Though he attended a year of college with a major in Fine Arts, he considers himself “self-taught”. He does two contrasting types of work: abstract-visionary-surrealist improvisations in various media, including pen-ink and oil and acrylic paint, and serious graphic narrative comics that can be read on his web site.

He has one grown daughter, and is the proud step-father of his wife Julia’s three sons, all of whom are taller than he. He has lived in Seattle and Philadelphia, but most of his 58 years have been in Indiana. He was born near the banks of the Wabash River, in Lafayette, where his father Maurice was a professor of modern literature at Purdue University. His father-in-law is a native Nebraskan, raised on a farm near Hebron.

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