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Erin Westenskow Berrett - Bio/Resume

Artist Statement

The paradox of the term "still life" inspires me. There's a fundamental tension between the still and the life, isn't there?

That's what I try to capture when I paint. To me, objects are never completely motionless, or emotionless for that matter.

They tremble. They vibrate. And those vibrations are produced not only by the construction of the object, but by the external forces exerted on it–the angle of the light, for instance, and the perspective of the viewer. I push myself to be as abstract as possible in the details while still achieving the perception of reality. To do this, I'm meticulous in placing the object and getting exactly the right light. Then, when I begin to paint, I never blend. Instead, I place thousands of precise strokes side-by-side, swaths of color that are then translated by the observer. Two inches of canvas viewed from a few inches away might have a hundred strokes that seem to form nothing, but when the piece is considered as a whole, hopefully the effect is highly representational. What's a good painting to me? It's hard to know, but I'll tell you this: when the object comes alive, and the environment, the viewer and I all participate to make that happen–that's success to me.


Links

J. WILLOTT GALLERY
73190 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
http://jwillott.com

Williams Fine Art
200 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
http://williamsfineart.com


Education

1998 BFA, University of Utah
1997 Art Education European Study abroad
Fall Equinox workshop, Helper, UT
Summer Solstice workshop, Helper, UT


Awards

2012 Permanent Collection, Zion's Bank
2012 Permanent Collection, David Eccles School of Business
2011 1st place, Statewide Exhibit, Bountiful Davis Art Center
2011 Juror's Award, Statewide Exhibit, Rio Gallery/Utah Arts Council
2011 Award of Merit, 87th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art
2011 Viewers choice "Favorite Artist", Art & Soup
2010 "Best of Show", Park City Arts Festival
2010 Viewers Choice "Favorite Artist", Art & Soup
2009 "Best of the West", Showings Fine Art Invitational, Denver, CO
2009 Award of Merit, 85th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art
2009 Permanent Collection, Utah Attorney General's Office, Utah State Capitol Complex
2008 "Best of Show" Gallery Association, Utah Arts Festival
2008 Permanent Collection, Morgan Stanley
2008 Nominated member of the Art Access/VSA arts of Utah Board
2008 Purchase Award for Salt Lake County Art Collection
2007 "Best of Show", Park City Arts Festival
2007 Purchase Award for SLCC Culinary arts building, Annual President's Art Show
2006 Salt Lake Magazine, "10 Artists to Watch"
2006 "Best of Show" Gallery Association, Utah Arts Festival


Publications

Southwest Art Magazine, Artist to Watch, November 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, January 2010
2009 New American Paintings, No. 84

Juror's comments: "Erin Westenskow Berrett engaged in a different kind of portrait, applying a painterly, focused eye on representing mundane objects to tease out rich gestures that paid homage to the artist's hand."

Terrie Sultan, Executive Director, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
2009 Exhibition Catalog cover artist, 85th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art
Decor Magazine, "2009 Artist to Watch", December 2008
City Guide, "...25 local artists who should be on your radar", January 2008
Salt Lake Magazine, Artist Profile, May/June issue 2007
Salt Lake Tribune, "Art That Grabs You", July 2006