Bert Beirne

Artist Statement

I combine my love of painting and traditional techniques into distinctive still life oil paintings. I choose my subjects from a variety of materials and textures including Madiera cloths, Persian rugs, metal, glass, porcelain, books and fruit.

Working in my north light studio, I plan, select and set up objects to produce contrasts of color, texture and value and to show the interplay of light on those objects. I am especially interested in creating the movement of light across the painting. I begin the painting with multiple layers of oil on Belgium linen or gessoed panels; these layers result in a luminous effect of mystery, shadow and depth.

Born
Youngstown, Ohio - 1939

Education
Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
BFA, University of Cincinnati

Solo Shows
1998 and 2002 – Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
2003 – Gallery C, Raleigh, NC

Recent Awards
2005- Best of Show - Barefoot in the Park, Duluth, GA
Award of Distinction – Winter Park Sidewalk Art Show
2003- 1st place – Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
3rd place- Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2002- 2nd place- Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
Award of Honor- Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA
Judges Selection- Festival of the Masters
2001- 3rd place- Winter Park Sidewalk Art Show
1st place- Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
Judges Selection- Festival of the Masters
2000-Award of Merit- Winter Park Sidewalk Art Show
Award of Merit- Boardwalk Art Show
Judges Selection- Festival of the Masters
Award of Merit- Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
1999- Honorable Mention- State Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
1998- 3rd place-St. Louis Art Fair
Award of Merit- Winter Park Sidewalk Art Show
1997-1st place- St. Louis Art Fair
Best of Show- Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN

Corporate Collections (partial listing)
Bank of America
Arthur Andersen & Co.
Isabel Anderson Comer Museum
King and Spalding
Sun Bank
Price Edwards & Co.
McKenzie, Moffett, Elias & Brooks
Wilson-Hill Investments, Inc.
Moto Photo
KOCO-TV
Thompson School Book Depository
Smith & Pickle Construction
Heritage Trust Co.
Darr & Collins, LLC
Midwest City Sun
Heritage Fine Homes

Included in Collections: England, Germany, Japan, Canada, Ireland and Puerto Rico.

Current Exhibition: 2005- The Ormond Memorial Art Museum – “Vessels”