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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

Other Society Memberships

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (RWS), Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

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

Past Exhibitions

2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. (Most years since 1952)
2004 Invited Artist, “David Remfry Selects” Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
1998, 2001, 04, 06, 09 Solo Exhibitions, Alresford Gallery, Hampshire
2002 Solo Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
1987, 90 Solo Exhibitions, Amalgam Arts, London
1997 Six Academicians, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1981, 82, 83, 84, 85 Solo Exhibitions, Ogle Fine Art, Cheltenham
1973 Solo Exhibition, Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford

Publications

The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988
The Watercolour Expert ISBN 1844031497 
Watercolour Masters – Then and Now ISBN 9781844034475
Garden Painters  ISBN 9780713682069
Watercolour Secrets ISBN 9781408184271