I like to look around at other art and artists by frequenting galleries and museums because … READ ON
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DF13 Skateboards has created the Ken Berman Collection - a product line featuring my artwork on skateboards, sneakers, socks, t-shirts and other fashion forward items … READ ON
Lately I have really been opening up the throttle so to speak when it comes to my painting techniques ... READ ON
I've recently started working on a new series of art skateboards inspired by skateboarding becoming an Olympic event in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo ... READ ON
One of the best things about being an artist is having the ability to transform raw materials with my creativity and bend the imagery to my vision ... READ ON
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
This skateboard painting was inspired by the original movie Rollerball. It is in response to the idea that corporations take over governance of the people after the governments have gone bankrupt. The basic premise of the movie was that individuals did not matter and that the spectacle of sports was a mechanism used by corporations to control the masses much like the Colosseum in Rome or the modern day football stadiums. The character 'Jonathan E' was the antagonist to the corporate paradigm.
"All great art is activism." - Ai Weiwei
This painting was inspired by Cigar Box Lid #3 by Richard Diebenkorn. What I really liked ... READ ON
Serious art has been the work of individual artists whose art has had nothing to do with style because they were not in the least connected with the style or the needs of the masses. Their work arose rather in defiance of their times. - Franz Marc
Here's one of my paintings on a skateboard. It was inspired by the movie Days of Thunder ... READ ON
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
Here's a short video of my booth at the Engage Art Fair 2017 ... 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
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
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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.
Recently, I have been combining a variety of colors and textures in my work to give it more visual interest and appeal to a wider audience. As a result I am starting to understand and more clearly articulate the balance between the feminine and masculine qualities that comprise my work. This painting is a great example of balance and I call it Bounce because for a small painting it has a lot of 'hop-to-it'. It has energy, power, strength and focus and those traits can apply to anyone.
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.