Rachel Berman: Hidden Stories

Berman_Hotel_Room_3rd_Floor_1Rachel Berman’s paintings have been likened to the poems of Leonard Cohen. The mysterious figures and hidden stories glimpsed in her paintings are a reflection of the mysteries Berman has unraveled in her own life. This painting is from Cadillac Hotel, an exhibit at Ingram Gallery, on through April 26 in Toronto:  Hotel Room, 3rd Floor (2014) 30 x 38 oil on linen.

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Once known as Susan King, Berman discovered her original birth name, birth date, and the names of her biological parents only recently, prompting her to reclaim her long-lost name. The self-educated artist is a widely exhibited painter and children’s book illustrator, based in Victoria, B.C.. Above:  The Gospel according to the other John (2014) 11 x 14 oil on panel

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The Ingram Gallery has been exhibiting Berman’s work for many years. It’s well worth browsing her exhibition pages, here. Above: Mrs Dodge arose in the night and moved the Furniture (2010) 20 x 31 oil on panel. Below: The Cubicle City (2013) 11 x 14 oil on panel.

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mousieRachel Berman was a finalist in the 2013 Governor General’s literary awards for children’s illustration for Miss Mousie’s Blind Date. The American-Canadian painter and illustrator was born in New Orleans and now lives in B.C.

Ingram Gallery, here. / Her children’s illustration at Tundra Books, here.

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