An American realist painter, Jack Beal was born in Richmond, VA in 1931. He was educated at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1972 and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston in 1992.
Beal has given lectures at over 100 museums, schools and universities, including Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Indiana and Cooper Union. His work has been celebrated in over fifteen solo exhibitions at Frumkin/Adams Gallery in New York and Chicago and he has participated in numerous international group exhibitions.
He was nationally commissioned, to paint four murals on the History of American Labor, which upon completion, were installed in the Department of Labor Building in Washington,D.C. Beal's works are included in several prestigious museums and the Ciba-Geigy Corporation and the Philip Morris Collection are among his patrons.