'A Time and a Place'
1 April- 3 September, 2017
Hall Place & Gardens
Adrian Berg’s best-known works are celebrations of nature. He has been described as a landscape painter but his subject is more particular. It has been landscape shaped by man, the parks of our cities and the gardens of our great country estates. Just as humankind has changed the land so Berg interpreted what he saw. The subject is twice wrought, once by physical interaction and then by intellectual mediation.
The seasons of the year and the times of the day mattered to him as much as they did Monet. And just as with Monet a system was required to manage the record of this fluctuation. Berg would devise grid systems to compartmentalize the changes and he even sometimes rotated a canvas so that, like a Persian carpet, it could be viewed from different aspects
From the beginning of the nineteen-sixties, for almost three decades, Berg’s London base was Gloucester Gate, a Nash terrace on the east side of Regents Park, London. He worked from his window high up on the top floor overlooking the park and later, as his appetite grew for wider subjects, he ventured out to other parks and country estates. They have included Kew and Syon, West London, Nymans and Sheffield Park, Sussex, and Stourhead, Wiltshire, among other great gardens. His only works based on natural landscape were in the mid nineteen-seventies in the Lake district, particularly Derwent Water, but towards the end of the nineteen-eighties, due to changed circumstances, he moved to Hove in East Sussex and from there once again he set about drawing and painting the natural landscape, the cliffs and sea of Beachy Head along the coastline Sussex Downs. Berg will be remembered as one of Britain’s great and innovative landscape painters who left his colourful mark on contemporary painters such as David Hockney and Peter Doig, both of whom site him as an inspiration.
Adrian Berg (1929 – 2011)
Exhibition continues until 3rd September 2017
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