#83: Andy Berg
Andy Berg sees painting as an inner calling, and offers no conceptual mumbo-jumbo when explaining what he does: He paints. His large abstract canvases are imbued with the mystery of invention and the creative process, and almost paint themselves -- using Berg and his armory of brushes and tubes and cans of paint as a conduit. Berg spends less time thinking and more time doing; his 100CC questionnaire follows suit.
Andy Berg, left to right: "Concupiscentia," mixed media on panel; "Endor," diptych, mixed media on panel; "Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin," mixed media on panel. Singer Gallery Exhibit, 2011.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
My experience is that I am collaborating with all artistic traditions throughout history every moment I paint. This is who I want to collaborate with, because it creates an authentic individuated piece of art.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Anyone who is innerly focused on the meaning of their life.
Andy Berg, "Alethes Logos," diptych: mixed media on panel. Rule Gallery, 2012
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
There is destruction before there can be creation; however, I am not the one to say what art trend should die.
What's your day job?
I used to own a construction company. Now I am a full-time painter (artist). Everything I do now is centered on this work of painting.
Andy Berg, "Yggdrasill," oil on canvas, 2014.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
I realized around 44 years of age that my painting was supported, maybe not by the status quo, but by the bigger picture. So I did indeed receive the realization that I had been given unlimited funds for life, on the condition that I paint. So I paint.
What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
Really recognize how art enriches lives, and thus support its value and meaning for a city.
Andy Berg, "Rabble," oil on panel, 2014.
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
What's on your agenda in the coming year?
The exhibition New Paintings by Andy Berg opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at Metropolitan Frame Company and runs through June 21. Learn more about Andy Berg and his work online.
Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.
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