Going the Distance

Going the Distance

I have spoken to many artists, writers, gallerists, etc. over the years.  There is one thread that holds them all together and that is the desire for their particular message, idea or brand to be heard and validated in some measurable way ... READ ON

Painted Skateboards

Painted Skateboards

Here's one of my paintings on a skateboard.  It was inspired by the movie Days of Thunder ... READ ON

Pause ...

Pause ...

Every once and a while an editor and/or reporter from an art-centric publication takes interest in what I've been up to ... READ ON

Engage Art Fair Booth

Engage Art Fair Booth

The great thing about doing indoor shows is being able to present a larger body of works that is just not possible to do in the studio ... READ ON

Munchkins

Munchkins

I am in the final stages of preparation for a show at the Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, CA. which will feature my mobile shelters called Turtles.  The theme for my exhibit is based on the Wizard of Oz and is entitled "There's No Place Like Home" ... READ ON

Berman's Turtles

Berman's Turtles

Over the past few months I have been working on a project to create mobile shelters to address the homeless population in Sonoma County ... READ ON

Engage Art Fair Video

Engage Art Fair Video

Here's a short video of my booth at the Engage Art Fair 2017 ... READ ON

Grand Prize Award

Grand Prize Award

Over the past month I have been working on a new series of mobile shelters that will be featured in a show at the Paul Mahder Gallery in May 2017.  The show is called A Place to Call Home and is in conjunction with North Sonoma County Services ... READ ON

Port Authority Skateboard

Port Authority Skateboard

One of the great things about creativity is if it is allowed to permeate other media the art is enhanced ... READ ON

Woven Tale Press Article

Woven Tale Press Article

One of the great things about my new website is that it is so easy to share what I am up to quickly and easily ... READ ON

New Work

New Work

People always ask me how I come up with my paintings.  All I can tell them is that my work is predicated on process ... READ ON

Berman Blocks

Berman Blocks

Last week I met with some good people at a maker space in Sebastopol called Chimera to take some photos of my Berman Blocks ... READ ON

New Work

New Work

DeveloPING

Title:  The 10th Ping

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Canvas

Size:  30" x 24"

Copyright:  2017

Catalog #:  17.006

This painting at it's core is about hard work and being steadfast about pursuing your goals.  It was developed over several sessions and includes at least 10 layers of paint.  The title was derived from the 10 letters making up the word DeveloPING with each layer representing a letter in the word.  The letters PING are all that are left visible.

 

"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones." - John Maynard Keynes

Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Title:  Building Blocks Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Panel Size:  24" x 16" Copyright:  2008 Catalog #:  08.016

Title:  Building Blocks

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Panel

Size:  24" x 16"

Copyright:  2008

Catalog #:  08.016

Here's another older painting called "Building Blocks".  It reminds me of when I was a child stacking the grocery boxes when my mom came back from food shopping.  I would build them up, knock them down, and then start over.  For some reason I wasn't satisfied with what I designed so I did this a LOT.

"Music is made up out of these building blocks. Studying how these blocks go together and what they consist of and the math of how it works - it's all the same stuff; it's just different aesthetics that we're talking about." - Flea

Whisper

Whisper

Title:  Whisper

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Panel

Size:  12" x 12"

Copyright:  2010

Catalog #:  10.001

Whisper

Here's an older painting from 2010 called 'Whisper'.  It reminds me of the song 'Closer' by Joshua Radin especially when he adds the chimes in the background of the song. 

This particular image included was remastered from the original and will be offered as one of my Berman Blocks.

Iron Cross

Iron Cross

Iron Cross

Title:  Iron Cross

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Canvas on Panel

Size:  20" x 16"

Copyright:  2013

Catalog #:  13.004

Here's a painting I did in 2013.  It reminds me of a quote from Winston Churchill.  Although there are a multitude of historic references to the meaning of the Iron Cross, the intent of my painting is to symbolize the Teutonic Order using my bermanesque iconography in place of the typical shield insignia.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Patron of the Arts

Patron of the Arts

Title:  Shooting for the Stars

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Canvas

Size:  50" x 60"

Copyright:  2016

Catalog #:  16.031

Looking to become a patron of the Arts?

One of the dilemmas every artist faces is how to monetize their work.  One way is having gallery representation.  Another way is to travel and do art fairs and festivals.  Yet another way is to find patrons or people who appreciate and are inspired by your work and want to pay a stipend to be a part of your development as an artist. 

For those of you out there that prefer the third option, there is a new company specifically tailored to help artists find patrons.  It is called Patreon and you can find me there at KenBermanArt.

Green Machine

Green Machine

Throwback Thursday

This is an older painting done in 2010 and is called "The Green Machine".  It is a play of words since I associate it with the 'Mean Machine' which was the prisoner football team in the movie The Longest Yard.  I often use allegory in my work to connect it to real-world and/or real-time issues.  I try to be as subtle and obtuse as possible for maximum abstraction and optimal interpretation.  In this case, the machine is the fabric presses filmed in the movie as the inmates were chanting 'Mean Machine'.  It is meant to reflect solidarity at a time of oppression or disadvantage.

Title:  The Green Machine

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Canvas on Panel

Size:  30" x 24"

Copyright:  2010

Catalog #:  10.005

Berman Blocks

Berman Blocks

Berman Blocks

Assortment of Berman Blocks

I've started a new series of miniature copies of my larger paintings that are laminated onto plywood blocks.  The paintings are printed on photo paper, laminated onto the blocks and then sealed.  They can go just about anywhere ... on a desk, table and of course a wall.

 

"The future influences the present just as much as the past." - Friedrich Nietzsche