Los Angeles native Rhett L. Beck
has lived in Frankfort, Kentucky since
the early 1990s. A certified horticultur-
ist and landscape designer in California,
since moving to Kentucky he has turned
to photography as his primary medium
for artistic expression. Influenced by
Taoism and drawn to woods and water
– “men strive, water flows” – he uses
his camera to record the “art of decay”
as nature works on our built environ-
ment. “I like rust,” he explains, and
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|"Spirits of the Past"
An exhibition of photographs selected from
Burying Monkeys appeared at the Grand
Theatre Gallery in Frankfort, KY,
July 9- October 12, 2012.
through his images he makes us see the unexpected beauty in the midst of abandon-
ment, to feel the stories and the spirits in derelict places, where life has been lived.
Click on the images to view works from each gallery.
|"SPIRITS OF THE PAST"
Photography from the Old Taylor
& Old Crow Distillery Ruins
Photography from Peru
A Photographic Journey through
the Old Crow & Old Taylor
RHETT L. BECK
Foreword by Richard Taylor
Featuring over 50 photographs from two
historic Millville, Kentucky distilleries,
this collection manifests artist Rhett L.
Beck's devotion to "the art of decay,"
capturing the effects of nature on our built
environment. His accompanying texts
detail both his approach to these sites as a
photographer, and his personal experience
of these environments as a source of
self-discover and redemption.
A foreword by author and historian
Richard Taylor provides background on
the distilleries and context for Beck's
Available from Broadstone Books.
Click on the "Add to Cart" button or on
the "Book Orders" tab at the top of the
page to order.
Publication Date: July, 2012
Paperback, 120 pages
Photography from the Old Taylor
& Old Crow Distilleries
M. S. Rezny Studio
903 Manchester Street
JCM Gallery in partnership with the M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery presented the first
Lexington solo exhibition of Rhett's photography, featuring new and selected works
from his collection Burying Monkeys.
Lexington Art League, “Visual Dialogue” (Lexington Mayor’s Office), group show
2008 Capital Cellars (Frankfort), solo show
Broadstone Gallery (Frankfort), “Perusing,” solo show of photography from Peru
2007 Serafini’s Restaurant (Frankfort)
2009 Starbucks (Frankfort), rotating exhibit in store lobby
2006 Broadstone Gallery (Frankfort) Holiday Art Show, group show
2005 Broadstone Gallery (Frankfort), “MIXED MESS/AGES”, solo show
2004 Cappie’s Gift Shop (Frankfort)
APRIL - MAY 2014
Rhett had his first solo California show
in Spring 2014 in the Lemon Grove
Library, San Diego County. The
exhibition consisted of two different
but inter-related bodies of work in two
areas within the library. "Vaqueros"
featured photos of (primarily) children
and families, and "Latitude 13"
portrayed the people of Peru. Rhett
and Broadstone thank the staff of the
Lemon Grove Library for hosting us!