Mark Beard (born 1956 in Salt Lake City) is an American artist. In addition to being a noted stage set designer. Beard works in prints, paint, and as a sculptor. His portraits, nudes, bronzes, and handicrafted books have been exhibited all over the world.
Beard is noted for his objection to the fact that while artists may pass through different stages or periods, success comes from branding the artist with one particular style. Beard therefore has developed a number of distinct artistic personalities, each with a detailed biography and portrait photograph, to enable himself to work in a variety of styles and mediums.
Bruce Sargeant (1898–1938), (a spoof on John Singer Sargent) who died in a tragic wrestling accident - is one of the fictious painters in Beard's book: Beard, Mark (2010). Bruce Sargeant and His Circle: Figure and Form. Chronicle Books.