Hester Berry is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of this country’s leading young landscape artists, attracting attention from collectors, fellow artists and critics alike. Her style, marked by broad positive brushstrokes, is uniquely her own and whilst her approach may have its roots in traditional representation, she frequently bestrides that hallowed ground between realism and abstraction and constantly challenges herself to engage in different means of expression, exploring ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate. She has an effortless ability to capture a moment, whether it be the setting sun over river or distant horizon, the wind rustling through trees or the elements whipping up a dramatic sky. Her attention to detail is such that she will frequently wait for prolonged periods for that perfect moment when the colours of nature combine to maximum effect for the benefit of the composition.
Hester has a BA Hons from Aberystwyth and MA from Wimbledon Collage of Art. She has been awarded a number of prizes and been shortlisted for the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year. She is also a highly skilled portraitist and has been shortlisted for both the Sky and BP Portrait of the Year competitions.
Of this exhibition of over 30 new works she says, ”I try to use the marks available to me as economically as possible, distilling the image/feeling/moment into what is necessary, so that through objective representation there is enough room for subjective interpretation.
This body of work is the result of a deeper look at colour and light as resonant qualities concerning specific places, mainly in Devon and the South-West coast. The colour, tone and marks are balanced across the composition to create a rhythm and overall flow of energy, pictorial depth and space specific to a sense of ‘place’.”