We’re delighted to announce that Rick Berry’s oil paintings are selected for group exhibition, “Infra:REAL the Art of Imaginative Realism” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NY!
“Cliff Dweller” (left) is from Rick’s series updating myths as metaphors in the metropolis. She is a modern fury, urgent and teetering upon the precipice of her apartment building, a commentary on anxieties of contemporary urban life. Neil Gaiman called it “heartbreakingly beautiful”. Also to be shown is “Cross Over”, (right) an expressionistic figure in transition. Rick will be at the opening on the 5th and we hope you’ll join us! Jonathan LeVine Gallery, August 5-22 Opening reception Wednesday, August 5, 6-9pm 6-8pm557C West 23rd St & 7-9pm529 West 20th St. NY
As many of you know, Rick doesn’t use models or photography, nor does he preplan his compositions. Beginning with random patterns on his painting surface, Rick reacts to the surface, generating isolated figures with emotion and movement, often simultaneously. This results in painting that appears to shift in time. He uses the act of painting to see, provoking an exploration of contemporary or visionary topic. Self taught; having left school at 17, his work aligns most with Boston Expressionist movement, with artists Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon and illustrator Marshall Arisman as his influence.
This exhibition includes an array of great work from 37 artists Visit Jonathan LeVine Gallery now through Aug 22 for a feast! From the curator, Patrick Wilshire:
“Imaginative realism is the cutting edge of contemporary realism, combining classical technique with postmodern narrative subjects. Focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible, this genre offers visions of humanity’s mythic past, its unexplored future and, in some cases, its terrifying present. Just as science fiction serves for many as the archetype of postmodern literature with its fascination with the “other” and the unknown, imaginative realism brings this same narrative to the figurative arts.
infra:REAL is a group exhibition in the most classical sense, presenting the width and breadth of imaginative realism under a single banner. The exhibition features the work of thirty-seven artists, all of whom share a fascination with the narrative of “What if?” and have a strong connection to the mythic taproot that burrows deep into our collective subconscious. Their technical approaches vary, from academic to avant-garde, but all are among the finest realist artists in the world, turning your vision “infra-real” and giving a glimpse above, below, and beyond the reality that both comforts and restricts us all. “—Patrick Wilshire, Curator
After this standing-room-only lecture by Rick titled “LET ART THINK”, Oleg Brodskiy at Boston Festival of Independent Games, interviewed Rick.
Rick talks about Art as Frontier. He answers questions about the “other consciousness I call the monster” How and why do you want to release it to think with art – triggering the high processing values of which the mind is capable. He explains “using art to see” by scribbling and reacting to layed down shapes and random patterns, examining for phenomena. He discusses collaborative mind and tells us how “just this and no more” meaningfully connects artist and viewer.
Thanks for taking a look. Your comments are welcome.
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.
“Final Approach” by Rick Berry 12 x 12″ oil at Modern Eden Gallery
Rick was happy to be invited, along with studio pal, Rich Pellegrino, to create work for Michael Cuffe’s curated exhibit April 12th – May 3rd at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
Press Release: “UNIVERSE: The Art of Existence” will bring together artists on the subject of space, the cosmos, galaxies, celestial bodies, planets, stars, and more. Also explored is the larger outer paradigm of the Universe that relates to things of an atomic scale, such as elements of quantum physics, atoms, and energy streams. Each artist has been encouraged to interpret the Universe itself as either an outer or inner world.” -Michael Cuffe, Editor-in-Chief, Warholian
Opening Reception: Saturday April 12th, 6-10 pm
Modern Eden Gallery, April 12th – May 3rd 403 Francisco St., San Francisco CA Sales: Kim@ModernEden.com (415) 956-3033
Peek in today as we open doors for the first time with a select group of archival pigment ink prints! http://store.rickberrystudio.comSigned and numbered. All are printed with pigment inks on fine art matt paper in very small editions.
Rick printed this selection himself -with assistance from artist friends – to assure fidelity to each original art work.
We have been asked so often if Rick will sell prints of his compelling oil paintings and finally made some time to produce these. Let us know what you think.
Game of Thrones author personally requested Rick create both the cover and several b&w interiors for this recent re-release of his award-winning werewolf novella, The Skin Trade. We hear this savage mini epic is in movie production now and produced as a comic.
This is a sweet little hardcover book designed for a special event. Available now to the general public from the publisher , only a limited number of copies were made. Some are signed by GEORGE R. R. MARTIN and RICK BERRY over Rick Berry art! (see photo below)
Original paintings are expected to be available for purchase in February. Contact email@example.com if you have questions before then. Thanks
CONTEMPORARY ART GLOBALLY SPEAKING attended Thursday nights preview of Rick’s solo exhibition in Boston. They sent us Ava Wrights review, photos and interview – please click here.
We hope you’ll stop by before Oct 16th. We’re always interested to hear your viewpoint of the work too! Thanks, Sheila