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June Berry NEAC Hon RE RWA RWS

About

Artist Statement

June finds her subject matter in her every day surroundings, either in a tiny hamlet in deepest rural France where she spends some months of the year, or in the streets and parks of South East London where she lives. The small events in people’s daily lives, often glimpsed in passing ... the elderly dog walker with equally elderly dog, the tree surgeon performing his ballet in the topmost branches, the French village housewife busy in her front garden full of vegetables ... provide moments of amusement, sympathy, amazement or simply delight which translate into oil paintings, watercolours and drawings.

Method of Working

All June’s paintings are made in the studio, where she is not distracted by reality. She finds it easier to select from information drawings made on the spot, photography, memory and experience and to include elements not there in reality. She is equally concerned with the abstract pattern that emerges as she paints, the blurring of vegetation into half seen patterns for example and the possibility of allowing the painting to  take on a life of its own when new colour and compositional possibilities appear along the way. She works in oil on board, which allows the possibility of cropping, using only sable or nylon brushes and rags.

Biographical Details

2001-04 Vice President, Royal Watercolour Society
1950-85 Part time teaching in various London Art schools including the Sir John Cass, Wimbledon School of Art and Croydon College of Art
1973 Established a studio in west central France
1943-46 War service in the WRNS, decoding in Newport Pagnell, an out-station of Bletchley Park
1942-43 & 1946–49 Studied at the Slade School, UCL

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

2015 Dry Red Press Award, New English Art Club Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1997 Artists & Illustrators Award, Discerning Eye Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London
1991 Saint Cuthbert’s Mill Prize for Watercolour, Royal West of England Academy
1990 Kathleen Tronson Prize. New English Art Club Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1989 Brandler Gallery Prize for Watercolour. New English Art Club Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1987 First Prize: “ Watercolours of the North” Whitworth Art Gallery/Coloroll

Publications

The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988Royal Watercolour Society, Edited by Jill Leman RWS, Watercolour Secrets, Bloomsbury 2014, p.2, 22, 23
Pat Harvey, In Conversation, The Artist Magazine, Issue 953, August 2010, pp.20, 21, 22
Ariel Luke, Garden Painters. Contemporary Artists, A&C Black, 2009, pp.34-38
Royal Watercolour Society, Watercolour Masters - Then and Now, Cassell, 2006, pp.2, 17
Royal Watercolour Society, The Watercolour Expert, Cassell, 2004, p.142
Julian Halsby, In Conversation, The Artist Magazine, Vol 119, no. 11, November 2004, pp. 35, 36, 37
June Berry, Find Inspiration in Everyday Events, The Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Issue 200, May 2003, pp.12-15
Betty Lou Schlemm, edited by Sara M Doherty, The Collected Best of Watercolour, Rockport Pub Inc, USA, 2002, p.132
Betty Lou Schlemm, edited by Sara M Doherty, Painting Texture, Rockport Publishers Inc., USA, p.56
International Artist Magazine, Oct/Nov 2000
Jeane Duffey, Master Painters of the World UK Showcase, International Artist Issue, 15 Oct/Nov 2000 p.112
June Berry, Personal Practice, The Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Issue 147, December 1998, pp.15, 16, 17
Betty Lou Schlemm, Watercolour Expressions, Rockport Pub Inc, USA, 1997, p.117
Michael Blaker R.E. Profile June Berry R.E. Printmaking Today, Vol 5, no.1, 1996, pp.6 & 7
The Best of Watercolour – Painting Texture, Rockport Pub Inc, USA, 1996
Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, Watercolour Still Life, Dorling Kindersley, 1994, p.47

Other Society Memberships

2001 Elected Vice President, Royal Watercolour Society
1993 Elected Member of the Royal West of England Academy
1993 Elected Member of the Royal Watercolour Society
1990 Elected Member of the New English Art Club
1989 Elected Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society
1986 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers
1983 Presentation print commissioned by the Royal Society of Painter Etchers
1982 Elected Associate Member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers

Past Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2009, 06, 04, 01, 1998, Alresford Gallery, Hampshire
2002 Bankside Gallery, London
1993 90, 87, Amalgam Arts, London
1994 Royal Exchange Theatre Gallery, Manchester
1992 Wherry Quay Gallery, Ipswich 
1985, 84, 83, 82, 81, Solo Exhibitions, Ogle Fine Art, Cheltenham
1973 Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford
1972 Greenwich Theatre Gallery, London
1968 AIA Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2014 Creativity and Cultivation. RWS in conjunction with the RHS. Bankside Gallery & Wisley Garden Centre
2013 The RWS in Malta. Malta Heritage, Auberge d’Italie, Malta
2013 One Hundred Years, One Hundred Works, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2012 Gorstella Gallery, Chester
2011 A Year in the Life of the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Bankside Gallery, London
2011 High Water Mark, Mall Galleries, London
2010 Russell Gallery, London
2010 Martins Gallery, Cheltenham
2009 High Water Mark, Mall Galleries, London
2008 The Poet and the Painter, Bankside Gallery, London
2004 David Remfry Selects. Invited artist, Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
2003 Three Person Exhibition, Honor Oak Gallery, London
2003 Three Person Exhibition, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
2000 Five Person Exhibition, Arthur Andersen, London
1997 Six Academicians, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1996 Three Person Exhibition, Alresford Gallery, Hampshire
1996 Three Person Exhibition, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
1996 Three Person Exhibition, Honor Oak Gallery, London
1991 Two Person Exhibition, Terrace Gallery, Worthing
1987 Five Person Show, Bankside Gallery, London
1987 Four Person Exhibition, Oriel 31, Newtown, Powys
1981 Printmakers Council Gallery, London
1975 Two Person Exhibition, Massilon Museum, Severence Gallery, Wooster Arts Centre & Museum, Ohio, USA

Mixed Exhibitions

2020 Figurative Art Fair, Mall Galleries, London
2020 Chris Beatles’ Exhibition
2019 St Ives Society of Artists, St Ives, Cornwall 
2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. (Most years since 1952)
2011, 10, Watercolours and Drawings Fair, Science Museum, London
2011, 06, 05, Cross Gates Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
2011 Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London (Most years since 1988)
2008 Watercolours and Drawings Fair, Royal Academy, London (Most years since 2000)
2005, 1997, The Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2002 -1994 National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1999 Salon International de la Peinture à l’eau, Tregastel, France
1998 National Arts Club, New York, USA
1998 Graphic Arts Centre, Connecticut, USA
1996 New English Arts Club at The Fine Art Society, London
1995 Basque International Exhibition of Watercolour, Seville, Bilbao, Barcelona, Madrid
1994 Our Environment in Watercolour, Christies, London
1994 Malta in Watercolour, Mdina, Malta and Bankside Gallery, London
1994 Contemporary British Watercolours, Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford
1992 Basque International Exhibition of Watercolour, Seville, Bilbao, Barcelona, Madrid
1991-89 Art, Business Design Centre, London (Ogle Fine Art)
1990 International Waters, Royal Watercolour Society Touring Exhibition, Great Britain, Canada and USA
1990 -1988, 84, Bath Contemporary Art Fair (Ogle Fine Art)
1989 Modern English Graphics, Exhibition Hall of The State Committee for Publishing, Moscow
1986 Print 86, Barbican, London
1983 British Prints, Wenniger Graphics, Boston, USA

Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Royal West of England Academy Permanent Collection, Bristol
National Museum of Wales
HM the Queen
HM The Queen Mother
The Government Art Collection
Oldham Museum and Art Gallery
Kettering Art Gallery
The Graphotek, Berlin
All Union Society of Bibliophiles, Moscow
Wooster Art Centre & Museum, Ohio, USA
Hope College Museum & Art Gallery, Ohio, USA
University of Sussex
New University of Ulster
University of Southampton
University of Cardiff
Bishop Otter College of Education
The Ariel Press
Paintings in Hospitals Collection
Inveresk Ltd, St Cuthberts Paper Mill
East Sussex, Hertfordshire, Lancashire & Glamorgan Education Committees
Kent County Council