Hester Berry

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Hester Berry – My practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but I constantly challenge my understanding of “painting” and explore ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate. However I use the marks available to me as economically as possible, distilling the image/feeling/moment into what is necessary, so that through objective representation there is enough room for subjective interpretation.

INSPIRATION

Having grown up in rural Devon I have always been interested in landscape and the environment. My traditional university training in Aberystwyth nurtured this interest and also led me to explore life drawing and portraiture. However after continuing my studies to complete an MA in Fine Art in Wimbledon, I taught life drawing and painting in Brighton and London. Furthermore I have recently returned to Devon where I now live and work.

Education

2008 – 2009 MA, Wimbledon College of Art.
2008 – Summer Studio, Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Cyprus.
2005 – 2008 BA hons, School of Art, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
1996 – 2005 West Buckland School, West Buckland, Devon.

Exhibitions

Solo.
2015 ‘Natural Perspective’, Albion Gallery, Chipping Norton.
2012 Appledore Gallery, Devon.
2011 Banbury’s, Tiverton, Devon. The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. Archway Gallery, Wellington School, Somerset & Brighton Media Centre, East Sussex.
2010 Hester Berry: Landscapes, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. Horizons, West Buckland School, Devon.
2009 ‘It’s All Up In The Air’, Gallery 118, Notting Hill, London.

Awards

Shortlisted
2015 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.
2014 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.
2014 The BP Portrait Award.

Awarded
2015 The Stride Open, The Stride Cup.
2014 Westward Ho! And Bideford Art Society Ken Doughty Prize.
2011 Biscuit Factory Foundation, People’s Choice Young Artist of the Year.
2008 Geoffrey Crawshay Memorial Travelling Scholarship.

Residencies.

National Trust, Hester Berry Artist in Residence at The Cabin at Bucks Mills.

Teaching

2016 – White Moose Gallery, Barnstaple.
2014 – 2016 Camden Arts Centre.
2012 – Art and Sustainability workshop, The Drive Prep School, Hove.
2011 – 2016 Draw, the Brighton Life Drawing Sessions, Brighton.
2011 – 2012 Egghouse Art, Teaching Assistant, Brighton.
2010 Art and sustainability workshop, The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham.
2010 Art classes for patients with severe mental illness, Weston Rd, Guildford.
2009 – 2010 Art Classes, Guildford Action, Drop-in Centre, Surrey.