Classic, dramatic oil paintings by Shaun Berke

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Shaun Berke is an artist living and working in Pasadena, California. In his classic, dramatic paintings he explores his knowledge of iconography in a modern way. Shaun in an interview with Hi-Fructose on his recent show ‘Sacrosanct’:

“I like to think of it as cave painting, after waking up for the Renaissance, and then being hit in the head by Modernity. In general, I describe the work as traditional, figurative, allegorical painting. More specifically, I would say it is Gothic piety and Sienese humanism in a Venetian light, only with more chaos. The aesthetic of this show parallels the Kitsch school, as they are rooted in a love for classical antiquity and long dead friends.”

You can read the full interview, illustrated with images of his studio space and cat (yay!), here. You can find more of Shaun’s work on his website or follow him on Instagram. Enjoy!

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Thanks for reading! What do you think of Shaun’s work?

         

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