Archive for May 29, 2012

Artists working with the face and figure….Michael Bergt….

One of my favorite artists just for his accomplishments and the road he took to get there. He is a mid-career level artist and he works with many mediums such as colored pencil, graphite, watercolor, egg tempera, gold leaf, silver leaf, gouache, acrylics, oils  and even sculpture.  He seems to work on paper 50% of his work time and panel 50% of his work time.

I first became aware of the artist around 5 years ago as he spoke during an Art Salon Show held in Denver. I enjoyed his resume where listed under education is said “life” A truly self taught artist who is not only a great draughtsman but a great business person as well.

The artist was born in Deshler, Nebraska in 1956.

I enjoy his use of tempera and use of line in his work. Its fun to imagine even the oil paintings as etchings, large figures from a distance but up close even a leg can have 100 of different strokes showing the curve and feel of the limbs.

The artist was elected Professional Sculptor Member of the National Sculpture Society in 2005.

Has been featured in many national art publications such as American Art Collector and American Artist magazines.

The artist paints fantastic hands as well. The fingers have a highly tapered quality to them, both the male and female hands. On some works he paints imaginary creatures with 6 or 8 arms, all are painted as if they are real, using a small brush and making many strokes.

on line and land based gallery: Jane Sauer Gallery in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California. .

A piece done by the artist was featured in a television show on the Travel Channel. Samantha Brown, my favorite Travel Channel personality, went to Sante Fe and visited an art gallery showing his work had a piece listed for $25,ooo.

Here is a great link showing some of Bergt’s sculpture work. The figures are very animated and full of life. My favorite figure is an overweight man doing yoga, he is balancing himself despite being heavy and not looking athletic, indeed the yogi was very flexible. This gallery has not only sculpture work, but works featuring gold and silver leaf used to make exciting backgrounds.  The gold leaf works have an “Egyptian” feel to them.

low price range: Catalog of works around $30. Prints less than $200.

high price range: $25,000 for an egg tempera painting. Colored pencil originals $5,000

I hope you too can get inspired by an artist who accomplishes a career from some level of talent, but more importantly a great work ethic. The artist might be the most diverse out there for working with so many different mediums. I have seen some gold leaf works and colored pencil works in person. I haven’t seen many professional level colored pencil works, but I put his figure works in colored pencil as the best in the business.

Another artist I have profiled that is adept at colored pencil is the photo realist Don Eddy.

This gallery of his includes many colored pencil drawings.

I hope you are inspired by this artist to always keep growing and learning more about your chosen mediums!