"Samadhi" 13x10ins. Oil
"Jodpurs" 13x10ins. Oil
"PTSD" 13x10ins. Oil
Free and Open to Public this Holiday Season
Reception: Thursday Dec 7, 6-9pm
Dec 7 – Jan 1, 2018 |54 Greene St. SoHo | 212-226-7344
United in their scale, the featured artworks from thirty different artists around the world, explore the variation in style, concept, and technical approach present in contemporary painting, drawing, and sculpture. The exhibition, curated by Michael J. Ruple (Gallery Director), features new works by Michael Alan, Jean-Pierre Arboleda, Sergio Barrale, Casey Baugh, Rick Berry, Troy Brooks, Bill Carman, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Kelly Denato, Rose Freymouth-Frazier, Gris Grimly, Justin Hopkins, Jared Joslin, Jessica Joslin, Robert LaDuke, Chris Leib, David Lipson, Francis Livingston, Alessandra Maria, Pierre Matter, Caitlin T. McCormack, Kathie Olivas, Marc Scheff, Steven Skollar, Pol Turgeon, Hannah Yata, and more.
Rick is proud to be exhibiting 6 works along side this all star cast. We hope you’ll have a chance to stop by before the year’s end. Thank you.
“Kitsune Takes The Bet”, 2015 by Rick Berry, oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″Storybook… Best Remembered StoriesModern Eden Gallery, San FranciscoApril 25 to May 9, 2015
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.
We are pleased to announce Rick’s feature in Hi-Fructose Magazine! Click here for full feature and art.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!
Rick & Allen Spiegel
Walt & Donato
Kate & Robert
Allen, Scott, Chris & RKW
Adam & Korin
Avi & Adele
Phil, Rick, Callum & Jean
Catherine B & Mike H
Kate & Avi
Rick & Chris
Phil & Walt
Rachel & Phil
Rick & Kate
Shawn, Troy & Rick
Scott, Irene, Rebecca & Teresa
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
Clockwise from top left: “Dancetron” (graphite, digi-post processed), “Vanish” (oil), “Changeling” (oil)