PAT BERGER BIOGRAPHY



[ Statement | Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions ]



2648 Anchor Avenue,Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 838-8346
E-mail, bergerartist@aol.com



ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My work has always alternated between social commentary and a love of nature. In the early eighties I began to focus on plant life. I did a series on Bromeliads and later a series on Cactus and Waterlilies. In both, I traveled to gardens all over in search of material. I found that the play of shadows combined with close-up sections of the plants created bold and compelling images that were at once realistic, yet abstract. They became a world of
their own.

This past summer I had a fellowship that enabled me to paint for a month at The Julia and David White Artists' Colony in Costa Rica. This was my 3rd trip to that country but the first at the colony. It took a while to get in touch with my feelings amidst this lush tropical paradise. After much walking and meditating, I was finally able to start painting. The energies, structure and forms of the plants enabled me to conjure up all kinds of feelilngs and moods. At times I became intrigued with the patterns and shapes, where subliminal images seemed to appear as humanistic or animal forms, as in Jungle Medley, Floral Sweep and Cactus and Waterlilies(the latter two painted at an earlier date). At other times, one flower became meaningful.

The works on paper were done on location, using stabilos, some combining collage and or watercolor. The canvases were later painted in acrylic. Each plant had a unique personality of its own, and it was this qualilty that I endeavored to put into my work.

Pat Berger



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2002
L.A. Artcore Center, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Buffalo, New York

2000
University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA (tandem solo)
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Santa Barbara, CA (tandem solo)
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, Los Angeles, CA

1998
Mary Paxon Gallery, City of Norwalk, CA
LA Artcore Center, Los Angeles, CA
Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (tandem solo)

1997
Senior Eye Gallery, Long Beach, CA 1980, 1978

1996
University of Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut

1995
Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, Indiana

1993
Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1979, 1970, 1968, 1966, 1964

1991
University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA (tandem solo)

1990
Adelle M. Gallery, Dallas, Texzas, 1986

1988
Jewish Federation Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

1986
International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA
Bridge Gallery, City Hall, Los Angeles, CA

1985
Moosart Gallery, Miami, Florida

1984
Landau Gallery, Los Angeles,CA 1982

1983
Riverside Art Center and Museum, Riverside, CA

1982
Mendenhall Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, CA

1981
Museum of North Orange County, Fullerton, CA
Challis Galleries, Laguna Beach, CA

1974
Comara Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Konstsalongen Kavaletten, Uppsala, Sweden, 1972

1972
Sodertalje Konsthall, Jarnagatan, Sweden

1970
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA

1969
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA

1967
Roberts Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Library, Santa Monica, CA

1964
Little Gallery, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2001
Fukuoka Prefectural Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum, Kitakyushu, Japan
Four Perspectives, DoubleVision Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Second International Contemporary Art Fair, BGH Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2000
"Eight from Costa Rica", L.A. Artcore, Losl Angeles, CA

1998
"Inspiration" (5 person show), Gallery Elite, Venice, CA
Fourth Los Angeles International Art Festival, Palm Desert, CA

1996
West '96 Art & The Law, West Publishing Co. 1 yr travel U.S., 1993, '91, '84

1995
Huntington Beach Arts Center, Inaugural Exhibition, CA

1994
Biblical Art Center, Dallas, Texas
Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA 1989, 1987

1991
California Realism, John Wayne Airport Terminal, Costa Mesa, CA

1990
Square House Museum, Panhandle, Texas, 3 yr travel U.S.

1989
National Women Artists Centennial Celebration, travel exhibition, India

1987
American Watercolors, Chateau de Tours, Tours, France
Elaine Horwich Galleries, Sedona, Arizona

1986
Gentlemen's Choice Exhibit, Woman's Building, Los Angeles, CA

1985
American Watercolors, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

1984
Tampa Museum, Tampa, Florida

1979
Boise State University Gallery, Boise, Idaho

1978
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY,1977

1973
New Grafton Gallery, London, England, 1972

1967
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, 1964


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