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
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Here's one of my paintings on a skateboard. It was inspired by the movie Days of Thunder ... READ ON
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
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
Here's a short video of my booth at the Engage Art Fair 2017 ... READ ON
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
One of the great things about creativity is if it is allowed to permeate other media the art is enhanced ... READ ON
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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.
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
Here's another older piece I want to share. This one was done in 2008 and is called "Lowerin' the Boom". It combined several features of my work including a larger engine block element and colored pencil lines. It also is one of a series of transition pieces where I start to take my pipes and break them down/combine them so they incorporate several different segments along a line. These fittings offered a variety of scales and allowed me to add a glaze color to differentiate them from adjacent segments. You can also see the subtle incorporation of color as well.
New Year - New Work
Starting off the year with a new painting to share. This one is entitled Urban Fabric and is meant to be an urban wallpaper incorporating mechanical and architectural references instead of typical floral patterns or geometric designs.