(Banner image: PATIENCE (detail), by Rick Berry)
Rick’s paintings are largely concerned with evolution, and with what he calls “the agony of choice” our fast-changing times present us with. The female form is most often the scaffold to convey emotion, heroism, and movement. He believes the future is female.
His 40 year career includes expressive, almost abstract, figurative works, socially conscious art, and award winning illustration from books, comics, magazines, gaming, theater, opera, film, murals, corporate annual reports, children’s books - you name it, he’s probably done it. Self taught, having left school and home at 17, there’s no straight path here, no single style, but there’s intense energy - always the active search in his artmaking.
“No refs, no models, just pure drive to see. What I do know is that I’m an incredibly restless artist. I cannot bear to repeat. I can’t leave the frontier alone — it’s in my blood like a disease and I need to see something different, see how something works, or the fever will burn me up.”
Rick’s art is collected worldwide and is held in private collections of authors Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, and Stephen King in addition to public collections like Tufts University and the Museum of American Illustration. As this exhibition is a retrospective, a number of these paintings have sold and are marked NFS. Thank you for viewing.
Sheila Berry, Boston, USA