Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sven Berlin

Two more fantastic works by Sven Berlin (1911 - 2000) now in the gallery.

                       Hare Leaping at Sunset  1978/9     Oil on board     24 x 36 ins.

                       Ram and Shepherd  1999       Oil on board          24 x 36 ins.

Sven Berlin was a painter, sculptor, writer, poet, philosopher and adagio dancer! A leading figure in the St. Ives artist community of the 1940's and 50's he was a founder member of the Crypt Group in St. Ives and of the Penwith Society of Arts. His contemporaries included Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and John Wells.

Leaving St Ives in a Gypsy caravan he spent many years in the New Forest studying and following the lives of the Gypsy communities who lived there and to whom he was drawn.  His final years were spent on the outskirts of Wimborne where his flamboyant and colourful personality made him something of a local celebrity.

Virtually exiled by the art establishment, his work is in my opinion grossly undervalued compared to that of his contemporaries and as an admirer of his artistic and personal lifetime achievements I hope that injustice is soon corrected.