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Olympic Skateboard Series

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Olympic Skateboard Series

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

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Blind Faith

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Blind Faith

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

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Going the Distance

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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

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Jonathan E

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Jonathan E

Jonathan E

Title:  Jonathan E  Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Skateboard  Size:  8" x 32"  Copyright:  2017  Catalog #:  17.017

Title:  Jonathan E

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Skateboard

Size:  8" x 32"

Copyright:  2017

Catalog #:  17.017

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

 

 

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Cigar 76

Cigar 76

This painting was inspired by Cigar Box Lid #3 by Richard Diebenkorn.  What I really liked ... READ ON

Penn Station

Penn Station

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

Engage Art Fair Booth

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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

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New Work

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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

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New Work

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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

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Building Blocks

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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

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Whisper

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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.

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Patron of the Arts

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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.

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Green Machine

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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

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Balance

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Balance

Balance

Title:  Bounce

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Canvas

Size:  24" x 18"

Copyright:  2017

Catalog #:  17.004

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.

 

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Urban Fabric

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Urban Fabric

New Year - New Work

Title:  Urban Fabric

Medium:  Oil & Colored Pencil on Canvas

Size:  30" x 30"

Copyright:  2017

Catalog #:  17.001

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.

 

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