Sandra Berkson

Sandra Berkson

Star, ID, United States

About Sandra Berkson

Often my artwork reflects every day life such as the news, seasonal changes, and the experience of living. My travels to Europe and Asia also have left me with an accumulation of memories that go beyond definition. I am fascinated with the seductive beauty of the natural world’s ambiguity. This all translates into a visual, sensory overload, flowing out to the canvas in an abstracted, symbolic language of its own. I have had a lifelong interest in art that continues to pull me forward on this path.

I begin my artwork as an unconscious narrative and dialogue. The pencil and the brush marks gradually accumulate into structural and biomorphic images that weave into shapes, colors, and gestures where they overlap and tangle. Some of the many materials used are acrylics, oils, pastels, graphite, and collage. The work can develop quickly or gradually to arrive at the final composition using a method of addition and subtraction, revealing the essence of the finished painting. The finished work allows the viewer to speculate on their own meaning and connection to the art before them.

Education

1988 MASTER OF FINE ARTS, PAINTING AND DRAWING WITH HIGHEST HONORS, ACADEMY ART UNIVERSITY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA.

1985 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, PAINTING AND DRAWING, CA. COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, OAKLAND, CA.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2016 ARTS BENICIA PRESENTS AT OLSON REALTY, BENICIA, CA.

2014 DELTA GALLERY OF THE ARTS, BRENTWOOD, CA.

2013 UMPQUA BANK, ANTIOCH, CA.

Group Exhibitions
2017 ARTS BENICIA, BENICIA, CA. ART OF THE COMMUNITY

2016 HATHWAY BERKSHIRE REAL ESTATE, LIVERMORE, CA.

2016 CITY OF BRENTWOOD, COMMUNITY WALLS, BRENTWOOD,CA. ART GUILD OF THE DELTA

2016 HARRINGTON GALLERY, FRESH WORKS VI JURIED EXHIBITION, PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA. RICHARD AMBROSE JUROR.

2016 LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE, ART GALLERY, PITTSBURG, CA. ART GUILD OF THE DELTA, SPRING SHOW.

2016 ARTS BENICIA, BENICA, CA. ART OF THE COMMUNITY

2015 ARTS BENICIA, GEM III, BENICIA, CA. RUTH SANTEE, JUROR

2015 BERKELEY ARTS CENTER, BERKELEY, CA. ARRAY PART 1, ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBIT.

2015 BERKELEY ARTS CENTER, BERKELEY, CA. ANNUAL ART AUCTION, JURIED.

2015 ARTS BENICIA, BENICIA, CA.FRAGMENTS, ROBERT-JEAN RAY JUROR.

2015 HARRINGTON GALLERY, PLEASANTON, CA. PAL JUDGED SHOW, HONORABLE MENTION

2015 LAA ANNUAL LIVERMORE, CA. SPRING EXHIBIT, JUDGED SHOW, THIRD PLACE

2015 LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE ART GALLERY, PITTSBURG, CA. ART GUILD OF THE DELTA, SPRING SHOW

2014 BERKELY ARTS CENTER, BERKELEY, CA. ARRAY PART 1 , MEMBERS EXHIBIT

2014 LAA ANNUAL SPRING EXHIBIT, JUDGED SHOW, SPECIAL AWARD - CITY OF LIVERMORE , CA.

2014 EXPRESSIONS GALLERY, BERKELEY, CA.
RHINNA B. FLOHR JUROR.

2014 BERKELEY ARTS CENTER, BERKELEY, CA.
ANNUAL AUCTION.

2013 BERKELEY ARTS CENTER, BERKELEY, CA.ARRAY 1 ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBIT.

2013 HARRINGTON GALLERY, PLEASANTON, CA.
PAL FALL EXHIBIT.

2013 LIVERMORE LIBRARY, LIVERMORE, CA. LAA
EXHIBIT: ABSOLUTELY ABSTRACT.

2012 HARRINGTON GALLERY, PLEASANTON, CA.
FRESH WORKS 11, KIM ANNO, JUROR.

1988 – 1992
PRO ARTS OPEN STUDIO, JURIED SHOWS: INCLUDING
BEDFORD GALLERY, WALNUT CREEK, CA.
AND TRITON MUSEUM, SAN JOSE, CA.