Welcome to Stan Berning Studio and ART BOX

Studio and Exhibition Space by appointment :

54 1/2 East San Francisco St. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

928-460 2611 / stan@stanberning.com

Stan’s paintings are on view in Santa Fe at :

Mill Contemporary

702 1/2 Canyon Road at Gypsy Alley

info@millcontemp.com / 505-983-6668


Mr. Berning, a resident of Santa Fe since 1981, is a well known artist, author, teacher, and former gallery owner .  His works have been exhibited in such diverse locations as San Francisco, Paris, and New York’s Lincoln Center.  In 2005 his paintings became the focus of the film OFF THE MAP starring Joan Allen and Sam Elliott.  Also in 2005 he began a year long journey up the west coast of North America.  Experiences during this time became the foundation for his memoir about art, which was written over the next three years.

Evocative of the New Mexico landscape with its sweeping vistas and ever changing light, these most recent oil, egg tempera, and watercolor paintings are the result of a ten year process described in the entry “A Figurative Derivation”.


ART BOX was opened in August of 2015 as an exhibition space for one-off installations by emerging and established artists and a tool to introduce new videos produced by In The Studio Productions.  When not in use it becomes an extension of Stan’s studio.


Featured here are his newest paintings, a brief bio, the first chapter of about art, a museum presentation written in 2011 titled “A Figurative Derivation”, an overview of ART BOX and this years exhibition schedule.

A Brief Bio    http://stanberningstudios.com/stan-berning-bio-2014/

Nine New Oil Paintings

Half way through my winter painting season, I’ve nine new oils to share.  Though I have gone back this last week and reworked three of them, they are arranged here in the order in which they were first completed.  I have been deliberately mixing up their sizes, beginning with the largest first then working with a variety of dimensions.  It has kept the series lively and allowed a strong sense of each painting’s individual character to be realized.



Sun Stone

Heart Monument


Light House

Lucid Love

Fourth Season

New Growth


“Painting 2016”

I’m presenting here, in the order in which they were completed, ten new oil paintings finished in the last few months.  Many of these paintings will be displayed, along with the “Presentment” watercolors,  at David Rothermel Contemporary on July 8th 2016.

Ginger Dreams One


Spring Squall #2


April Squall


Velvet Scarf


New Growth



Still Lake Swim – For Meg


December Fields


Sundog II




Ladder to Equador




“Too Much Love” the drawings 2016

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From an early age I was fascinated by the erotic drawings of Jules Pascin.  Later, as my watercolor work matured and I discovered the oil paint, the elegance and graceful brevity to be found in the etchings of Henri Matisse became more interesting.  These are the half forgotten sources of the drawings I have been executing over the last ten years.

I have been using these ink on moleskin paper drawings as source material for my abstract watercolors and oil paintings.  Using them for purposes of abstraction has lent them an unusual perspective as I go in search of volumes of space.

These 12 drawings, while representative of a larger body of work, have become, for me, through years of use and subsequent familiarity, essential – elemental – iconic images.

In presenting these works in this manner (works which, up till now, have been simply reference material for the execution of complex paintings) I will admit, I am probably bestowing upon them too much love.

All images are 10″ x 7 1/2″ mounted on 15″ x 12″ Arches 88 paper.




















ART BOX (an exhibition space) and IN THE STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

ART BOX was opened in August of 2015 as a physical extension of STAN BERNING STUDIO and an appendage to IN THE STUDIO PRODUCTIONS.  It is intended as a unique exhibition space for one-off installations by both emerging and established artists, and a tool to introduce new videos created by IN THE STUDIO PRODUCTIONS.  During times of inactivity it becomes an extension of Stan Berning’s studio work space.


ART BOX / 54 1/2 E San Francisco St. – Santa Fe NM 87501 / 928-460-2611 / stan@stanberning.com /

At IN THE STUDIO PRODUCTIONS we make high quality art and culture videos for Artists and Galleries.  For a rate sheet please click here  to download a PDF file ratesheetandcontracts(final)  or contact Stan Berning at 928-460-2611 or stan@stanberning.com .  Also, visit our youtube channel at: “In The Studio”

This year’s schedule to date:

Opening August 7th / Stan Berning / Grand Opening / “A Figurative Derivation” / through September / “The Making of Grand Sky Passing”

Opening October 2nd / Timothy Nero / “In The Studio” video release party and installation / through October 23rd / “In The Studio” with Timothy Nero

Opening November 6th / Jack Charney / “In The Studio” video release party and installation / through November 27th / “In The Studio” with Jack Charney


December Watercolors

Below is a selection of six images from a group of watercolor/gouache paintings begun this last December.  To view all sixteen new paintings please email me and I will send you a password-protected link and price list.

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“These watercolors (many of which appear so light and translucent, at times almost effervescent) are actually dense, torn, and worried. A watercolor can take an instant to complete, but these are taking longer. Often days of painting end in erasure and the finished image becomes a matter of resolving the shadows and ghosts of what’s been removed. Discovering that resolve before the paper fails to be scrubbed even one more time is a challenge. But what’s left is an image that feels to the eye sculptural.”

A Red Seasonaredseason

A Green Season



Three Hills #I


Three Hills #II



Winter Paintings 2013 – 2014

In the fall I set myself a goal to complete by winters end ten 48″ x 64″ oil paintings.  It has proven to be a more ambitious project than I’d imagined.  It is now the middle of May and I have just finished  the tenth panel.  Here they are, all ten, in the order in which they were finished.

Ginger Wind



My Lemon Sun



Handsome Bruise



Soft Aperture




Curtained Orange



Nacreous Moon



From a High Promontory



Two Trees



Spark and Tremor




Charged Violet


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