The Imaginarium of Brigitte Bere
The Art Gallery of Sudbury presents an exhibition of paintings by Brigitte Bere now to March 22.
The exhibition includes a number of works with focus on shapes, form and vibrant colours. The artist works intuitively in a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolour, encaustic, collography (print making), pastel, felting, sculpture, high relief works, acrylic collage, acrylic ink, graphite and alcohol ink. Over the last few years, Brigitte Bere has concentrated on her experiments with alcohol inks for its dynamic and exciting colour vibrancy and fluid interactivity during experimentation.
Brigitte Bere is a Sudbury-based interdisciplinary visual artist, born in postwar West Germany. She moved to Canada in the late 70s and has resided in Sudbury ever since. She attended Cambrian College in Sudbury during the 80s, where she studied graphic design and sculpture. Over the years she has had the opportunity to expand her knowledge of the arts while taking workshops with Brian Atyeo and Linda Finn.
Brigitte Bere creates her work from a wide variety of sources of inspiration and reference materials. Blending memory, images and ideas together with an improvisational approach, her works seem to simply develop from one stroke to the next irrespective of what that first brush stroke may be. Painting intuitively, for her, means “To paint from the heart, rather than the head.” In her more complicated paintings, collages, and felted works, she has focused her attention on directing composition and crafting fine detail.
Recently, Brigitte Bere has been working mainly in alcohol inks. She says “…the medium seems to make some of its own decisions during its application on the substrate. Sometimes working intuitively means giving up the idea of making decisions and letting it happen instead.” This medium has allowed her to become absorbed into the application of colour over colour and let the image develop without distractions or preconceived plans.
Brigitte Bere has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions over the past 20 years. She has regularly exhibited with her peers at the Sudbury Art Club (SAC), the Walden Art Club (WAC), and the travelling Northern Ontario Artist Association (NOAA) Art Show. Her work has been showcased throughout Ontario and has sold to various clients across North America and Europe.
Brigitte Bere has been awarded for her exceptional works by: Art in The Park (North Bay); LaCloche (Whitefish); Sudbury Craft and Arts Foundation: Hand and Spirit; Northern Ontario Artist Association; Distinguished Artist LaCloche, 2013 (Whitefish); Federation of Canadian Artists (Vancouver) and is currently represented by Perivale Gallery, Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
This exhibition continues until March 22, 2020. Admission is free with donation. The Art Gallery of Sudbury is located at 251 John Street. Showing concurrently in Gallery Two is the exhibition 21 Pillows by visiting artist Cheryl Wilson-Smith.
The Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. For more information, please visit us online at www.artsudbury.org, or call 705-675-4871.
Source: Art Gallery of Sudbury news release