A dispatch from inside Glenn Beck’s surprising art show

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Glenn Beck is comfortable dressed. Light-colored jeans and a T-shirt with the words “Love Thy Neighbor” underneath the unbuttoned dress shirt give it a formal feel. This is Beck’s art show in Park City over the weekend, and the man of time dresses him as he likes.

Beck isn’t wearing a hat tonight, but he’s used to wearing many of him, including radio hosts, writers, and controversial professionals. But don’t call him an artist. I made that mistake, and Beck was quick to correct me.

“I don’t think of myself as an artist,” says Beck. Two dozen of his original oil paintings line up as we stand in the room.

He says this artistic thing is his new passion, a hobby he learned in the early days of the pandemic. Beck has signed a deal with Colby Larsen, owner of the quaint gallery Park City Fine Arts on Main Street, to showcase (and preferably sell) many of Beck’s originals to support his philanthropy. )Did. It’s about 4:30 pm on Friday. The door doesn’t open until 5 o’clock, but about 12 people have already gathered outside.

Beck’s paintings are around the gallery. The first floor is canvas with original oil painting, and the second floor is giclée. For self-proclaimed beginners, art is surprisingly impressive and diverse. All the paintings seem to be equivalent to Beck, a “history enthusiast”. Each is a remarkable person, telling a story with a specific message. And casual observers like this journalist need to do a little work to decipher the meaning of each piece. A small placard next to it explains the message. In the case of The Teddy Roosevelt’s portrait, he lists his attributes as “symbolizing what we like about America.” Football coach Knute Rockne said, “When the tide seems to go against us, we may all remember going out there with everything we have. Hmm.”

I ask Beck which of all his paintings is his favorite, and he hesitates, his eyes sprint around the room. He looks at the huge frame behind us, the black and white boxing scene. “This has a special meaning to me,” he says.

I recognize it from his website. This is a depiction of the 1936 boxing match between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. Louis, a black American, is crumpled on the ground when the referee is standing on him. In the background, the Nazi favorite Schmeling celebrates.

I point out to Beck, with some hesitation, what seems obvious — the Germans, not the Americans, have won. “that is point“Beck says, tapping my shoulder when I say the last word. “It’s called the’birth of a champion.'”

Glenn Beck talks about his painting entitled “The Birth of a Champion” at Park City Fine Art on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Laura Sates, Deseret News

Beck approaches the painting and begins to elaborate on it. They fought 11 or 12 rounds, Beck says, and Louis was a favorite. However, Schmeling scouted Louis’ weaknesses and found a way to take advantage of them. (Beck lifts his fist in front of his face.) “Schmeling threw his right jab after his right jab.” — POW! POW, Beck deflate — “and wear him down.” result? POW! Great upset, and Louis on the mat.

Beck is approaching. “Everyone tries to turn this into a parent Nazi. It’s not. It’s what it takes to win.” He asks the next time the two fight, I know what happened. mosquito? I don’t. Beck jumps out of the air and his fist isn’t too far from my nose. “Louis knocked him out in 90 seconds.”

Let’s move on to the two paintings of Christ on the front wall. One depicts Jesus as a prisoner in Mao Zedong’s China, and the other depicts the Savior in a Nazi concentration camp. “For the last six months, I really wrestled with or without publishing these,” Beck tells me. He points to one of the bowed Christs with a sign that says “Son of God” written in Mandarin and “Son of God” around his neck.

“There is a problem,” says Beck. “We haven’t seen the ugliness that humans do with each other. I’m still buying an iPhone.” Slowly slide your iPhone under Notepad. “Really, like China? What are they doing to Uighurs?”

Morality, as Beck explains: Christ is always the place of suffering.

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Glenn Beck’s “Jesus 1944 as a Jew in Germany” will be seen at Park City Fine Art on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Laura Sates, Deseret News

The picture on the right is a depiction of Jesus as a Jew in the 20th century and is jarring. Jesus’ eyes were sunk and his cheekbones were sticking out. He wears a crown of thorns and almost mimics the jagged silhouette of the barbed wire in the background. There are purple stars and numbers on his chest.

Beck pulls out a large metal briefcase and begins to inspect the contents. He is a collector of American artifacts, which seems to be an understatement. He pulls out the key to Lincoln’s box at the Ford’s Theater — No, it’s not — And the Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded to Chief Irontail — No, it’s not.. He finally found it — a blue binder with the Star of David engraved on the front — and then flipped over. “The Holocaust is very personal to me,” he says. “So I have a pretty rich collection of bad guys.”

He lands on the page with a purple cloth cut out of a prisoner’s jumpsuit. “That’s it,” he says and taps it. that.It is the same sign he painted on Jesus, indicating that the victims of this Holocaust are priests by trade.

“If Jesus Christ came to Germany at that time, that was his ultimate goal,” says Beck. “Did we notice? Did we see it?”

I ask what the Jews think about this painting. Beck was previously bathed in the Jewish community, including after comparing Al Gore’s climate program with the Holocaust. Beck is paying attention to his reaction. “I don’t think it’s good,” he says. “The kneeling reaction will be’Why are you?'” Beck begins his defense. I actually have a rabbi who teaches the Bible in Hebrew, my dear friend. “

Beck built his career from stalking and stalking through controversy, and this painting is no exception. But apart from his expression of Christ, his artwork is fairly indisputable and surprisingly non-political. He depicts a cowboy, a baseball player, and a race-neutral Statue of Liberty. “I don’t want to make (my art) about politics,” Beck tells me. “This history is important to all of us.”

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Gallery opening attendees will pass one of Glenn Beck’s paintings at Park City Fine Art on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Laura Sates, Deseret News

Amazing message from one of America’s most provocative experts.But don’t call him However I am also an expert. “I do a lot of work,” he tells me. “Politics is the best known of me, but it’s not the only one, and people miss the message.”

Beck, who was surprised tonight, also said, “I’m not a Republican.” I used to be a Ronald Reagan Republican. I don’t really like Republicans today. “

The time for the private tour is nearing the end and guests will start streaming from the entrance. When one woman sees Beck, she begins to applaud and others join. As Beck approaches and waves a few hands, the man behind him pushes forward. order.

One family has been from Aidaho. Another woman, who currently lives in Utah, recently “escaped” from New York during a pandemic. (Beck replies, “Take care.”) A couple in Cottonwood Heights, Utah says they’ve been listening to Beck for 16 years. His wife didn’t like him at first, but one day she was sold. “Glen said,’Don’t believe anything I say. Don’t believe me, do your own research.” And I did. She smiled and paused. “And I found him right All.. Most people who have heard political news radio recognize that “right” is fairly relative.

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Glenn Beck’s “When the Team Opposes It” will be seen at Park City Fine Art on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Laura Sates, Deseret News

Beck uses a souvenir from his silver chest as a prop to provide a brief description of each painting to his attendance-only guests (about 35).they Oh With the key to Lincoln’s box.they Oh With other items. But a favorite moment in the crowd is when Beck explains Rock’n’s paintings. “When the team is against it.” Beck talks about his own scolding encouragement. Go back and give up everything. ”

He says Americans today forget this. “All shortages bother me. Do you want to fix it? Unleash the Americans and tell them that“He says, pointing at his painting. The audience is applauded.

Beck’s assistant gives him a closing signal, and Beck thanks his guests. An additional three dozen people are waiting outside the gallery worried about their turn, and they shuffle when the current group comes out. Countless guests watch Beck’s art show in Austin this November, return to Park City next summer, return to Austin next fall, and either stop selling paintings or Beck paints. Continue until you stop. But artist Beck doesn’t seem to leave the game right away. Rock’n wouldn’t like it.

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