Rick has an abiding interest in shape-shifters — across all cultures, past and future. Rick is the son of an Air Force pilot and so was raised in a kind of moveable feast of surreal fighter base communities, populated by people with stories from, well, everywhere. His father, fluent in Mandarin, was stationed in China in the late 40’s (as the Communist Revolution climaxed, engaged in a rescue mission, Rick’s father was the first, and only, person to land a plane in the Forbidden City!).
His parents collected art extensively throughout Asia. As such, Rick grew up surrounded by art and tales of China, Japan, the Philippines and elsewhere. Stories of Kitsune, a fox spirit, are part of this. It so happens that his friend (and sometimes collaborator) Neil Gaiman wrote a “new” folklore involving a kitsuné and a monk— Sandman: The Dream Hunters. A beautiful bedtime reading aloud for children. (We had three small ones then; all grown now, meme’s hopefully installed.)
The process of this painting is a story of shape-shifting itself. Beneath it’s surface are several paintings until Kitsune emerged…
For sales information, contact kim@Modern Eden.com (415)956-3033.
For a decade now, Hi-Fructose has been a major publication of the New Contemporary Art. They “deliver a diverse cross section of the most influential, genre bending art of our time…” We’re delighted to receive this recognition of Rick’s work in their magazine!
Hi-Fructose’s Facebook team also gave him a little love… “Myrinx” was posted on their FB Page – in a few days it had been “liked” 7k times, with 800 shares! Wow, we’re grateful to those who liked and shared. (screen shot below)
A great weekend in NYC (away from shoveling in Boston) to attend the opening reception of PHIL HALE’s solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. His new work is outstanding! It’s an impressive, thought provoking show. Ends March 21st so get there if you can!
We were happy to see many friends, and delighted to visit with Phil and his family. We’ve known each other a long time now, since Phil was apprenticed to Rick from age 16-18 and I watched as they quickly became collaborators. They last shared a studio in England (1986) and in Italy, 2009, they were the subject of a museum installation titled “Parallel Evolution.” where they once again collaborated live in front of a packed house.
At Jonathan LeVine Gallery, I found it interesting to notice that decades after sharing studios, an ocean apart, and each working his own method, Rick and Phil seem to be arriving separately at a similar mission. Each is examining “the instability and uncertainty that characterize our era” – yet with conclusions evolving in distinct directions. You’ll have a peek at Phil’s paintings in these camera shots but I hope you’ll check the gallery site if you are unable to see the originals. Enjoy!
We had a wonderful time at the recent reception for Spectrum’s Fantastic Art show at NY Society of Illustrators. This was the third Spectrum exhibition and Rick’s been privileged to have work selected for each. We appreciate the honor of being included with so many great artists and all the work Spectrum and the Society do to make it such a great show. A special thanks to the collector and his family for loaning this silver award winning painting for the duration. We enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. Lucky us, a night in Manhattan is always fun! Best wishes to everyone, from Sheila & Rick
We are pleased to announce Rick Berry’s Silver Award Winner,“To Absent Friends” is on view in the popular Spectrum Exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration, September 2 – Oct 18 Created for the set of CABARET, starring Amanda Palmer and produced by the American Repertory Theater, “To Absent Friends” is on loan through the generosity of a private collector.
Please join us at the Opening Reception: Friday Sept 12th 6:30 – 9, open to all NY Society of Illustrators 125 East 63rd St. NYC
Why is figurative art important? According to Rick,
“Our figuration of people is the pulse-taking of who we are and how we define ourselves … you actually use the art to see.”
This quote is excerpted from an interview recently published in Paper Darts, an innovative arts and literature magazine that features creative pioneers. The interview, conducted inside Rick’s studio by writer Maria Anderson, explores all the questions that count: What is Rick’s art philosophy? What is his creative process? What personal history is he building upon? The profile includes a broad selection of paintings and drawings as well as a video clip of Rick from Maria Carbardo’s award winning art documentary, Better Things.
To discover why Ms. Anderson titled her interview “The Continuous Feast”, click here.
We are pleased to announce Rick’s oil painting – Injury Prone – is included with this year’s best in Spectrum 21, the art annual promoting contemporary fantastic arts.
I asked Rick about his painting exhibited at Pease International Tradeport, NH last fall,
“Injury Prone is about the athlete warrior.
Jacked on steroids, surgically repaired and activated on short recovery with pharmacological fixes; forced to perform schedules designed to suit media not health, he’s super powerful, a designer being.
But is it an Archilles bargain with a twist? Life is incandescent for a brief time. The violence both without and within takes a toll. Once great, the athlete warrior endures premature, diminished physical health and sometimes damaged cognitive capacity as well.
The twist is that this decline is not short, but a lingering period of social indifference and fading for many who, in their youth and without regardful counsel, never saw this coming.”
Is this our future? An earlier painting on this topic is Steroid Giant.