Upcoming show featuring my figurative work!

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Hi Everyone! :)

As Twain said, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” After 10 sometimes arduous weeks of not painting or writing, I’m back, having completed a NY trip and a (seemingly endless) house addition (more on that in a later post). I wanted to share an upcoming 3-artist figurative show I’ll be a part of at the Doyle Street Gallery in Emeryville (details at bottom of post). With over 20 paintings of my own included, it’s a true pleasure to be able to share a broad enough selection of work to really express my current approach to painting the body.

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Bodies, regardless of sex and regardless of age, are beautiful and sensuous things. The joy in painting them is seeing the tension and weight of the human form we all inhabit, and marrying its movement to water, pigment, and gravity. I generally like diving in and capturing short, dynamic poses. As such, all the paintings are completed in 5-20 minutes, depending on the length of the pose, and are “records of attentiveness”. No preliminary drawing, just wet into wet work and a laser-like focus. You have to damn it all and commit. I like that! But it also means I burn through a lot of paper though, so the 20+ paintings that are in the show are what I’ve culled from 200+ poses.

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Affordably priced pieces range in size from quite small (11” x 7.5”) to relatively large multi-figure works (22” x 15”). The models are both male and female, and the paintings both multi-colored and in sepia tones. If you’re farther afield, and are interested in purchasing a work, please let me know. Many pieces shared on my Instagram account (stephenadamberry) will be part of the show. I’ll be there for the reception on Saturday August 3rd from 400-700, and hope some of you can make it! The gallery will be accessible each weekend of August from 12-4, and by appointment.

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"Our Redwoods" Show, Reception, and Interview...

“dry creek, Muir Woods”, 5 x 15, 250$

“dry creek, Muir Woods”, 5 x 15, 250$

Howdy everyone! Today, Saturday the 11th, I’ll be having the reception for “Our Redwoods” at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery from 4-6 pm. If you’ve been following any of my Instagram posts over the last 9 months, you’ll know I’ve been painting in the redwoods. (By the way, if you want to follow me on Instagram, you can find me at “stephenadamberry”). This show features the fruits of those explorations. For blog readers, this painting from an earlier post is featured in the show-

“Under the canopy”, 15” x 22”, 500$

“Under the canopy”, 15” x 22”, 500$

It has been such a satisfying pleasure to return again and again to the forests to hike and to ponder this painting conumdrum. The woods are deep and wild and full of life— they’re messy, and yet, simultaneously, the trunks of redwoods can be monolithic shapes. The combination can make for wonderful contrasts and yet also lead to many wrong steps. Lots of failed paintings in the trash been along the way.

 
“nursery tree, muir woods” 11” x 15”, 400$

“nursery tree, muir woods” 11” x 15”, 400$

 

The show will be up for the month of May, and will come down after June 2nd. This weekend in particular (5/11- 5/12), I am sitting at the gallery and have brought an assortment of additional new work to share outside and around the gallery- paintings from Lands End, some Yosemite paintings, etc. If you’ve not had the chance to peruse some of my stuff for a while, it should make for fun viewing! I’ll have over 20 paintings combined, up for sale and to view.

 
“emerald, Muir woods” 11” x 15”, 400$

“emerald, Muir woods” 11” x 15”, 400$

 

I also wanted to share this interview from the local Benicia Herald. It’s a good read, and talks a lot about my love the redwoods, and why I paint them-

Local watercolor painter Stephen Berry will be May’s featured artist at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. Through his show “Our Redwoods”, he invites you to experience the redwood groves so precious to Northern California. Walk amongst the damp ferns, smell the iridescent green leaves of Bay trees, and remember what it is to be ancient.

“I like traveling out to the groves,” Stephen says, “like a pilgrimage of sorts, to stop whatever I’m doing for a day and recharge. Stepping on to the velvety forest floor, listening to birdsong or to the creak and sway of the boughs high above… Everything smells rich and verdant. It’s that kind of experience that makes painting there a joy.”

“Painting on site is a wonderful way to really see, to sink into the moment and pay attention,” Stephen notes. “My hope is that people viewing my paintings can experience some of that attentiveness too. Each location, and each day, is its own special thing.” With that mentality in mind, Steve has been traveling up and down the coast over the last 9 months, exploring old growth redwood forests. With paintings from locations as diverse as Muir Woods, Armstrong Redwood Reserve, Navarro State Park, and Hendy Woods “Our Redwoods” gives the trees, lighting, and mood of each location its due.

Greens have traditionally been looked down upon in art, as a color to be muted and with which to show restraint, but Stephen doesn’t hold back in these paintings. “These old growth woods, in the words of Frost ‘are lovely, dark, and deep’ but they’re also very alive and very, very green. With areas back lit by sun or cut through with shafts of light, the greens really pop against the shadows.” The goal is to have the paintings let you “peak into the woods through the wall”, and to let those greens glow!

Thanks for reading! I hope to see some of you at the show! :)

Benicia Open Studios This Weekend

I will be participating in the Benicia Open Studios this weekend, downtown at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. I’ll be bringing in additional work for sale, such as these paintings from Lands End and others. If you’re interested, please let me know. I’ll also be bringing in some larger versions of them as well.

I’ll be doing a demo outside from 12-2, at the gallery. Here’s hoping its not too hot. It should be fun, and it’s always a good time to visit, pick the brain of an artist, and take a piece of art home with you! :) I’ll have extra work up on Sunday as well, but won’t be participating on site. If you’re interested in seeing something specific, or a certain type of art of mine, please use the contact page to let me know, and I’ll try my best to bring it down to the gallery.

As a side note- I was unable to get things in order to participate in the Figurative show in Livermore, so I will not be there on Sunday, nor do I have any work in the show. Life just got too busy.

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Save the Date- Upcoming Events and Shows!

This is a quick post to let everyone know about some upcoming events. In particular, I’ll be the Featured Artist at the Benicia Plein Air Galler for the month of May. I’ll be doing a show all about redwoods. Scroll down for the details! :)

a sample piece from my upcoming may show “our redwoods”

a sample piece from my upcoming may show “our redwoods”


April 26, 27, 28th Plein Air Expo-

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Since the Expo is in SF this year, I will be attending the event as a volunteer, helping out some of the demonstrators, painting plein air for fun, and checking it all out. I’ve never been before. I’m definitely NOT there as a presenter, but if folks want to connect, I thought it worth mentioning. It should be fun! :)


May 4-5th, May Benicia Open Studios 2019-

I’ll be participating in the Benicia Open Studios again, as a member of the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. The Open Studios occur the weekend of May 4th and 5th. We’ll have the tent out with additional work in it, and I’ll be out painting and doing an informal demo on Saturday from 1200-200.

Arts Benicia hosts the event, and will have a “teaser” show up at their gallery, featuring the work of participating galleries and artists. I’m representing the Benicia Plein Air Gallery this year, with a piece in that show. From there, you can take the shuttle to different locations, or start elsewhere, as you see fit.

Website for the event- https://artsbenicia.org/benicia-open-studios-2019/

This is the address for Arts Benicia- 991 Tyler St # 114, Benicia, CA 94510

And the address of the Benicia Plein Air Gallery- 307 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510

May 3-5th, The 11th Annual “Essential Figure” Show

 
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This group show is all about... you guessed it- figures! I’ll have 4 of my figurative paintings up for sale, as well as some extras in sleeves. If you’ve been following my on Facebook or Instagram (as stephenadamberry), you’ll have seen some samples of my work over the last year. I aim to be there on Sunday morning, until around 200 or so. If you’d like to connect, please contact me directly. This event is happening the same weekend as the Benicia Open Studios. Busy Stevie!

Website- http://www.bothwell.lvpac.org/events/2019/5/3/the-essential-figure-fine-art-figurative-show

Address- Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore, CA, 94550


May 9- June 2nd- My Solo “Our Redwoods” Show

May 11th, 400-600- Reception!

 
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I will be May’s featured artist at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. The weekend after the Open Studios my work will go up, and I’ll have my reception. This year, my show is all about redwood forests. I’ve been traveling to a variety of groves, and my paintings are all about them- Muir Woods, Armstrong Redwood Reserve, Big Basin, Hendy Woods, and the Navarro River Redwoods State Park. If you’ve been watching some of my posts, or follow me on Facebook or Instagram (as stephenadamberry), you’ll have seen some of the work I’ll be showing- ferny groves, CA bay trees, redwoods, fallen nursery trees, etc. Come and view them up close and maybe take one home! :)

Website: http://www.beniciapleinair.com/

Address: Benicia Plein Air Gallery- 307 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510