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 :

DAVID ROTHERMEL CONTEMPORARY

on the   corner of Lincoln Ave. and Marcy St.

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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”.

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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.

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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/

“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

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Spring Squall #2

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April Squall

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Velvet Scarf

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New Growth

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Still Lake Swim – For Meg

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December Fields

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Sundog II

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Sundog

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Ladder to Equador

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“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.
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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.

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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

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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.

Two Part Verse

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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.”

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A Green Season

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Three Hills #I

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Three Hills #II

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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

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My Lemon Sun

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Handsome Bruise

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Soft Aperture

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Curtained Orange

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Nacreous Moon

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From a High Promontory

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Two Trees

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Spark and Tremor

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Charged Violet

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Paintings / 2011 – 2013 (egg tempera on panel and watercolor/gouache)

These watercolor/gouache paintings were completed in 2011.  The egg tempera paintings were done during the winter of 2012 and 2013.  In the fall of 2013 they were displayed together for a show of small works.

This from my 2011 journal:

“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.”

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Vista – Rose Coruscare

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A Desert In Shards

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Light – Bird – Ether

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Tiered Green

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A Remembered Season

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Bouguet Garni

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White Interstices

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Spring Squall


“A Natural History Part Five” Oil on Paper

The beginning of a series of figurative abstractions I continue to work on to this day, these oil on paper paintings began in 2001 as a series 150 mono-prints.  Reworked with oil paint and fine brushes in 2005, many became carefully completed compositions.  In 2009 I reinvented them again, this time using oil sticks and a more spontaneous approach.  This last month I got the portfolio out again and reworked 10 of the remaining 21 paintings one last time.

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