Number of painters: 177
Last update: Monday Dec 30, 2019
Colin Berry is a Contemporary Realist painter who has studied both historical and contemporary approaches to oil painting technique and color theory. His under- graduate and graduate fine art degrees in painting come from the University of NH(1985) and Boston University(1987) respectively. He received scholarships in 1984 & 1985 to study in summer programs at Yale University and the Realist Workshop & Symposium in La Napoule, France. In 1993-94 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in Italy where he sought out Renaissance masterworks, attended the Florence Academy of Art, and studied human anatomy at the Zoological Museum in Florence. In 1998 he attended Nelson Shanks painting workshop at the Art Students League. He has exhibited on a regional and national level, and has been featured in American Artist magazine publications twice.
Colin Berry's style can perhaps best be described as a synthesis of the great Realist traditions of the Florentine Italian Renaissance artists and nineteenth century French Academic method.
His goal in paintings is to evoke a mood that is serenely classical, or quietly poetic. "In my work I attempt to observe nature carefully and organize what I see into visually beautiful arrangements with subtle thematic ideas." His Still-Lifes often present a highly focused central theme juxtaposed with an atmospheric landscape that is reminiscent of Renaissance compositions. This main body of work is one that he developed as a result of his experiences in Italy as a Fulbright Grant recipient from 1993-94. A Renaissance sense of space is evident in the work. The artist's arrangements are examples of both completely imaginative compositions and highly refined realism in the classical tradition.
The paintings become vehicles of meditation through the presence of what is depicted visually and emotionally. There is also an undercurrent of classical music present in the work stemming from the artists interest. "In the end my hope is that the work could embody sentiment analogous to a lyric sense of beauty; like classical song."
Source: Colin Berry