Rick Berry & Paper Darts

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)
© RickBerryStudio.com

Rick Berry Store!

Peek in today as we open doors for the first time with a select group of archival pigment ink prints! http://store.rickberrystudio.com Signed 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. 
Cabaret Butoh Series
from CABARET starring Amanda Palmer

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


You are invited to visit Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston’s Beacon Hill area for  – “Back to Back” on view through early May.

Open Reception: Friday, April 12  6:30-9pm

This themed group show is a collaborative venture with Boston Figurative Art Center.  Invitational artists include: Damon Lehrer, Jon Nix, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Nick Ward, Rick Berry, Tony Apesos, Gene Dorgan, Paul Goodnight, Brett Gamache, Jim Burke, Freda Nemirovsky, Britt Snyder, Ann Hirsch, Tom Grady, Janet Monafo, Paul Rahilly, & Kelly Carmody. On Friday evening, Sloane Merrill hosts an evening to chat with friends, meet new artists, and enjoy the collection of figurative works by internationally known and emerging regional figurative artists. We’re pleased to have Rick’s oil painting, “Prototype A” (shown below), included in this exciting exhibition.

Please join us Friday! We look forward to seeing you there.

Sheila and Rick
Oil Painting on exhibit at BACK TO BACK group show
Oil Painting on exhibit at BACK TO BACK  Invitational Group Show

Last chance to see SHAPESHIFTERS


All are invited! Artist Reception Monday, July 16th 4:30 – 7:30.

If you’re in the San Diego area, especially after the frenzy of International Comic Con, come on down to the show!
Sip something cool next to the Pacific Ocean while viewing the art and collaborations of Rick Berry and Vanessa Lemen at the spacious gallery in Encinitas Library , voted one of best libraries in nation (we’re partial to our own east coast Robbin’s Library of course!)
Yes, that's ocean and sky just beyond the library

Painting Demo Extravaganza last Saturday

Rick Berry did four paintings throughout the afternoon in his unplanned improv method — scribbling with the paint and lifting highlights until he found direction in the act of painting. Rick, as usual, was as inspiring as a speaker as he was a painter.”       Irene Gallo writing about ART OUT LOUD 7  at Museum of American Illustration, Sept 24, 2011. See full story and photos at TOR about this Benefit for Student Scholarships sponsored by Society of Illustrators. Click facebook button on right for photos of Rick painting, courtesy of Melannie Montenegro, Album – Sept 24, 2011

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