Arthello Beck Jr.
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BECK, ARTHELLO, JR., Born July 17, 1941, Dallas, Texas, passed November 5, 2004. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthello Beck, Sr., son, Hedari A. Beck, and sister Christine Beck Williams. Arthello is survived by his mother Millie Taylor Beck, wife Mae Beck, daughter, Mashariki Beck Okpiabhele, three granddaughters Akiba Beck, Keyonise Johnson, Eseohe Okpiabhele. and a host of other relatives and friends. Arthello was an outstanding artist who took pride in painting scenes depicting community life, religion, children and historical experiences. He opened the first African American owned and operated art gallery in Dallas in 1972. He was recognized across the United States for his contributions to visual arts. He received numerous awards and honors during his career. His art related travel carried him across the United States as well as abroad. He will surely be missed by his wife, family members and friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 11, 2004, Lincoln Funeral Home, 12:00 noon- 7:00 p.m. Funeral: Friday, November 12, 2004, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, 1808 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., 11:00 a.m. Lincoln Funeral Home & Memorial Parks 8100 Fireside Dr. Dallas TX (214) 398-8133

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 11, 2004.
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April 9, 2019
ARTello
A great man, a quiet man, a humble man, a talented artist, a man who inspired lives by protraying the world through the eyes of African American experiences down though the years. He will never be forgotten. ARThello Beck. I thank God that I was blessed with the opportunity to meet him and his wife.
His wife, his help meet, a beautiful woman.
Art dealer, Dr. (Images of Color)
To God Be the Glory


Deborah Rhoads
Acquaintance
November 18, 2004
Arthello or A.B. as i called him back in the days of our childhood , grew up together , sang in a doo wop group and we both went to Lincoln High ,which at that time was cultural haven for us . He in art and i in music when ever we would see one another , It was as if we never parted on life's journey , I always told him that when i recorded my cd ,one of his paintings would be my cover . He'd just brought one his 2005 calenders , by my house a couple of weeks ago. It will be treasured. I'm proud to call him my friend and fellow artist. I hope he continues to get the accolades deserved. Wendell Sneed
Wendell Sneed
November 18, 2004
Arthello or A.B. as i called him back in the days of our childhood , grew up together , sang in a doo wop group and we both to Lincoln High ,which at that time was cultural haven for us . He in art and i in music when ever we would see one another , It was as if we never parted on life's journey , I always told him that when i recorded my cd ,one of his paintings would be my cover . He'd just brought one his 2005 calenders , by my house a couple of weeks ago. It will be treasured. I'm proud to call him my friend and fellow artist. I hope he continues to get the accolades deserved. Wendell Sneed
Wendell Sneed
November 14, 2004
It is with great sadness that I heard about the passing from this life of Mr. Beck on tonight's Channel 8 Metro Program. Back in the late 80's I visited Arthello at his Oak Cliff studio with two kids in tow. I was awed by his wonderful work and purchased a small print which I still cherish to this day. He will be missed but his work will live on for generations to come.
Rhonda B. Hodge
November 12, 2004
Now the laborer’s task is over;
Now the Battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyayer at last.

It is with great sorrow that we part with our brother on this side of Jordan, but oh what joy when we meet on the other side.


When we reach that blessed homeland, Where there's everlasting day; On that bright and blessed morning, God shall wipe all tears away.

Always bear in mind that spirit was never born and spirit can never die. Remember that God gives grace for each trial, and courage for each sorrow and faith to face in confidence a blessed, sweet, blissful and bright tommorrow.

I had the pleasure of knowing Othello since his high school days at Lincoln High School. God blessed him with a rare talent in the arts. I looked forward each year in visiting with him at the State Fair of Texas, and veiwing all his new artistic creations. I last spoke with him a month ago at the fair, and noted that he had changed the location of his exhibits at the fair. I admired his positive spirit and compassoinate attitude.

R.I.P. my brother.

With warm regards,
James Brown
retired educator
James Brown
November 12, 2004
I spent the first 21 years of my life void of experiencing african-american imagery in a format which clearly ascended typical charactery. I have enthusiastically collected various pieces of Mr. Beck's work over the past 28 years. They will remind often me of his winning personality and distinguished talent. I look forward to his reaquaintance in the Glorious Resurrection. Prayers are extended to his family and friends.

Dr. Michael G. Ford
Dr. Michael G Ford
November 12, 2004
Larry Burns
November 11, 2004
He will be greatly missed. Enough kind things can not be said for such a wonderful giving person as he was. I learn so much about the business from him. He shared information and gave encouragement without any reservations. He was not only a blessing, but he was also blessed.

See you on the other side,
Laura Easley
November 11, 2004
In 1973 Mr. Beck sketched my portrait while I was hospitalized. I have kept his work all these years. I remember how talented and kind he was. Please accept my deepest sympathy on his passing.
Beverly L
November 11, 2004
The State Fair of Texas won't be the same without Mr. Beck there. It was one of the highlights that I looked forward to. I am so sorry for your loss. The world has lost a bright star that painted our world with beautiful colors and happy moments. I will truly miss him. May God Hold your Family in His Loving Arms and Give you Peace. Love and Shalom, Kathy Langhorst-Tienter
Kathy Langhorst-Tienter
November 11, 2004
My husband, James, and I met Arthello at the State Fair of Texas. We were familiar with his work and delighted to meet him and get to know him. That was several years ago and from that time to this year, visiting with him and buying one of his calendars for the next year was one of the highlights of our visit to the Fair.

We admired and respected him not only for his talent, but also for the man he was. His strength of character was very obvious as we visited with him.

We will miss him greatly! Our condolences and prayers go out to his family.

James and Kay Leaks
Kay Leaks
November 11, 2004
My husband and I were fortunate to have visited with Mr. Beck at the State Fair of Texas, over the last several years. Several prints of his beautiful work, particularly of churches and baptisms, are displayed proudly in our home. When I view those pieces, I can hear his gentle voice and see those eyes that reflected his deep convictions, spirituality and wisdom. He will be greatly missed by so many, whose lives he touched in many different ways. How wonderful for us that he leaves behind such a beautiful legacy with his incredible art. He will live on with us. Our prayers are with his family as you grieve his passing.
Jeannine Gibbs
November 11, 2004
I was stunned to learn of the passing of Arthello Beck Jr. As a teenager growing up in Oak Cliff, Tx. I have long admired his work in the area, particularly the work he did on the Saner Avenue Nursery.
My condolences to his family, I know he will be missed.
June Kissi
November 11, 2004
He was a fun and talented man . He told you exactly how he felt and this the best way to be in life . My Best memories of him where when we traveled on the road to Art shows,we alway share a laugh when we would see each other . He will be missed .
John/Beth Perry
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