Emily Berger
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"These paintings and drawings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered. I brush, wipe, rub, and scrape, incorporating the color, texture and pattern of the paper, linen or wood supports, concealing and revealing underlying layers in various states of transparence and solidity. I take my time about where to make the marks and how to make them, adding and subtracting with brushes, rags, and sandpaper.

I work with and against whatever happens as I am painting. Sometimes the linear marks go all the way across the page; other times I expose more of the surface and shape is created. I am fascinated by the variations that can occur in a simultaneously built up and pared down image.

I am working things out mentally and physically, in this abstract language of mark-making, where the painting is always in the process of becoming and there is evidence of the process.

I am looking for moments where something new comes up, a spark of recognition.

In the rhythm of the bands of paint there are spaces created, and variations in brushstroke which create movement, light, air and a broken symmetry. This is where I hope the viewer can enter and experience the work, pay attention to nuance, slow down, move in and out of the painting and breathe."

Emily Berger was born in Chicago in 1953, and grew up in Massachusetts. She is an abstract painter who has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York for 25 years.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in many galleries, universities and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, Colombia, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and the National Academy Museum in New York City which awarded her the John Hultberg Memorial Prize for Painting.

Her work has been featured in many gallery exhibits, and been favorably reviewed in several publications. Berger is included in the American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio Exhibition, currently traveling to university galleries around the country.

Berger received a BA from Brown University, an MFA in painting from Columbia University, attended the Skowhegan School in Maine and has been awarded several art residency fellowships. Her work is included in many private and public collections.
Emily Berger (American)
Creation Year
Oil Paint
Wood Panel
Movement & Style
24 in. H x 20 in. W x 1 in. D
Dealer Location
Brooklyn, NY
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