Saul Becker co-founded Mutuus Studio in 2016. He leads the Mutuus Made Maker space which is the research and development portion of the studio along with the public art projects and installations part of the studio. Most recently, Saul received an Award of Excellence in Design from the Public Art Design Commission in New York City for an installation artwork in the new addition of the Snug Harbor Music Hall in Staten Island.
As a practicing fine artist with a background as a shipwright boat builder, Saul designs and fabricates the Mutuus line of lighting, hardware and objects and leads the Mutuus Made space in the recently expanded studio space. Saul grew up in Tacoma, Washington where you didn’t have nice things, you made nice things. Saul's meticulous and hands-on approach to design brings craft and experimentation into our design process.
Saul Becker also runs an active studio practice as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor obsessed with landscape. He has had numerous solo shows at Horton Gallery in Chelsea, New York and has an upcoming exhibit at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. His work has been exhibited at Zeiher Smith & Horton, Artists Space, the Horticultural Society of New York, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others.
Saul is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, residencies, and travel grants including a NYFA Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship, Artist Trust Fellowship, The Artic Circle 2010 Expedition, and Gros Morne Artist Residency. His work has been published in numerous of national publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, NY Arts Magazine, The Seattle Times and New American Paintings. He also serves as a board member for 4 Culture in Seattle.
2018 NYC Award of Excellence in Public Art. NYC Public Art Commission.
2016 Acid Ball "Waypoint", Bellingham, WA competition winner
2016 "Aground, Adrift, Anew" Snug Harbor art Installation - invitational competition winner
2013 The Shandaken Project Residency, Shandaken, NY
2012 Artist Trust GAP Grant; Seattle, WA
2011 Steep Rock Arts Residency, Washington, CT
2011 Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle, WA
2011 Spaceworks Tacoma Studio Residency, Tacoma, WA
2011 TAIP Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Grant, Tacoma, WA
2010 NYFA Fellowship in Painting, New York, NY
2010 L.I.A.E.P. Grant, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
2010 The Arctic Circle 2010 Expedition, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
2010 Gros Morne Artist in Residence, Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Canada
2008 Keyholder Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
2005 Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship, Richmond, VA
2005 Jurors Award, Unlocked: Open Exhibition 2005, Annandale, VA
2005 Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2002 Artist Trust GAP Grant; Seattle, WA
2002 Washington State Arts Commission, Artist Resource Bank
2002 King County Arts Commission, Purchase Award; Seattle, WA
2001 Jurors Award, 2001 Fine Arts Competition, Phinney Center Gallery; Seattle, WA
1999 Effie May Ross Fellowship, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; Halifax, NS
Snug Harbor Music Hall
Artist installation commission for the new extension for the Snug Harbor Music Hall in Staten Island, NY.
Exhibition: Cityscape: Surveying the Urban Biotope: Plusquamperfekt
A Plexiglas vitrene set within one of the Park’s gardens houses plant specimens that the artist has collected and then electroplated in a thin copper coating. The vitrene is lit from the base of the box through a layer of salt. This installation comes out of a body of work that explores idyllic representations of the landscape and post-industrial realities that surround us.
01SJ Biennial, San Jose, CA
Wunderkammer Artist installation sculpture piece installed at the San Jose airport.
Pieces of Places
Oxbow Gallery, Seattle, WA
Feb 16-March 24, 2017
An Unfamiliar Tide:
Chelsea - solo show
Feb 19 – Mar 19, 2016
Science & Exploration
Sep 16 – Oct 22, 2011
Lower East Side - solo show
Nov 19 – Dec 30, 2010
Lower East Side
Sep 17 – Oct 11, 2009
Vistas and Vacant Lots
Chelsea - solo show
Jun 2 – Jul 11, 2009
Volta NY, Amnesia
Art Fairs - solo show
Mar 5 – Mar 8, 2008