New Interview and Show Review! “Rick Berry Human Evolution 21st Century”

Sloane Merrill Gallery, 75 Charles St. Beacon Hill Boston
at Sloane Merrill Gallery, 75 Charles St. Beacon Hill Boston, through Oct 16th
  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

Rick Berry show opens

Rick’s solo exhibition is on view through Oct 16th. Beautiful weather this time of year in Boston! Come visit the lovely Sloane Merrill Gallery in its historic Beacon Hill location, 75 Charles Street. Sign the guest book and let us know what you think. Thanks! Sheila and Rick

Just in time for Halloween

For the month of October Pariah Fine Art presents “Dark Vistas”, a group exhibition of haunting, surreal and speculative work.  The opening reception will be held October 5th from 5pm to 9pm During this festive Friday evening, Pariah Fine Art will also feature fire and hoop dancing in the courtyard by Sara Young of Hoopsaray. That will be fun! Please come by if you can-
image: Hanuman, oil by Rick Berry

ArtsFuse review of IT FIGURES

Emotion, Time and Eros in the work of Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry

Review by Grace Dan Mazur in today’s The Arts Fuse : Culture of New England

Comparing Rick Berry’s expressionist paintings with Damon Lehrer’s exquisitely rendered, classical, and contemplative work made me wonder about the expressionist style in general. By this I mean that artistic terrain where the passions, vehemence, or ferocity of the artist so colors the work as to form a powerful but distorting more… This show brilliantly contrasts two artists, Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry, and the wildly different ways they approach figurative painting. (For the questions that the artists have for each other see Damon Lehrer’s interview of Rick Berry.) It Figures. At the William Scott Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, #65, Boston, MA. Until September 30  

Open All This Month – come visit!

IT FIGURES: Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry opened this weekend and was a great success. A lovely cool September evening in Boston – hundreds of people walking about SoWa Art District touring the open galleries during this festive monthly event. The Willam Scott Gallery was packed for 3 hours. Didn’t have a camera but some pictures by friends (Robert Wiener, Scott Bakal) near closing when crowd had thinned enough to see some more art. Thanks to everyone who came by Friday – you made it such an enjoyable evening. If you’re in the Boston area, we hope you’ll have a chance to stop by. Open through Sept 3oth. William Scott Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave hours: Wed – Sat 12-5 and Sun 12-4. (617)542-4040 Parking accessed by Albany St./ Silver line along Washington St. or longer walk from Broadway Station, Red Line or Back Bay Commuter Rail  

It Figures Exhibition – Opening Friday at William Scott Gallery, SoWa

Rick is finishing up packaging paintings for delivery today  – open truck, pouring rain, busy making custom vault-like packaging… IT FIGURES: Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry opens tomorrow, Sept. 9, 6-9pm   William Scott Gallery, Boston. Check gallery hours if you’ll be in Boston anytime between now and Halloween because immediately following IT FIGURES, Damon and Rick have work in (as well as curated) October’s group exhibition to open at William Scott Gallery on Oct 7th. Rick’s previewing some work from his newest series at IT FIGURES, along with other great paintings. Amanda Palmer fans will be interested to see Rick’s 7ft portrait of her as gender bending MC in last summer’s A.R.T. production of Cabaret – On loan from collector. Hope you can stop by! “No Metal Men” oil on prepared cotton ragboard, 20x32in “Gregor” oil on prepared cotton ragboard, 20x32in.  

“It Figures” featured in Artscope Newsletter

Dorothy by Damon Lehrer, 38" x 40".
From ArtScope Magazine Sept 1, 2011 Attention New England: figurative artwork is not a “has been.” In fact, figurative art is on the rise and if you as an artist can convey figures, there isn’t much you aren’t able to do. We say this because as humans, we are wired to think and see figuratively. It is from this frontier of figures that we can move on to apply the imagination and other elements that evolve figurative artwork into other things. Bottom line: you can’t abandon figurative art. Two artists that will agree with us on this topic are Boston based figurative painters Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry. In an interview together, Rick Berry says, “We will never not want to see figures. We will never lose the ability to spot things in figurative light.” He likens this to cloud-gazing children and the figures they are able to point out. Almost all art starts with the human figure because our minds are designed to see things in the human form. From this concrete state, abstractions and imaginations can be applied to the things we manifest in human form to develop them beyond the figure. In their show, It Figures, Berry and Lehrer remind us of the possibilities of figurative painting. Lehrer‘s precise and perverted baroque style contrasts with Berry‘s refined brutalism and generation of bodies under strain in the most compelling way. Rick Berry, a painter who rarely works with external references, started his career at the age of seventeen in underground comics. He worked his way into popular culture with art for Marvel and DC comics and has even been commissioned by authors like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman for his illustrations. Damon Lehrer received his MFA from Boston University and has his work in numerous prestigious collections. Lehrer has also founded the collective known as the Boston Figurative Art Center with the mission to promote figure painting in its many incarnations as a primary focus for contemporary art in Boston and beyond. It Figures will be showing at the William Scott Gallery in Boston from Friday, September 9th through Friday, September 30th. An opening reception will be held on September 9th from 6-9pm. Immediately following It Figures, William Scott Gallery will host a group exhibition for the month of October in which Berry and Lehrer invite selected nationally and internationally known figure painters, many with Boston connections, into the image-driven conversation. Artists include Phil Hale, Anne Harris, Ken Beck, Bill Carman, Ed Stitt, Paul Goodnight, Jim Burke, George Pratt, Scott Bakal and others.    

Parallel Evolutions in Italy

The exhibition is up! Some words from the curator, translated loosely from Italian…

“Lucca Center for Contemporary Art in partnership with Lucca Comics and Games Festival present the art of Rick Berry and Phil Hale with several oil canvas and three site-specific pieces. The exhibition is intended as a small homage to a creative collaboration …

Parallel Evolutions is a little show with a big ambition. It aims to portray the work of two artists who are emblematic of the fluid, shifting nature of contemporary art. Moving from illustration to fine arts, mixing references to pop culture and renaissance painting, employing digital techniques at the same time as classical oils, experimenting in collaborative works as well as following personal paths, Rick Berry and Phil Hale were chosen as duo to represent the spirit of evolution and growth.”