"Rick Berry is, to my mind, the most interesting and versatile artist currently working, conjuring faces and bodies and worlds out of formless chaos...Nothing's abstract, nothing's realistic. Patterns and shapes become flesh and people, clouds and fox-tails." - From forward by Neil Gaiman.
Without preliminary sketching or planning, each painting evolves from random, expressive marks into figures simultaneously evoking movement and emotion. 49 original works in BERRY's unique generative style. Volume No. 1 of 6 volumes
LIMITED FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY RICK BERRY
Perfect bound, soft cover with french folds
9" x 12", 48 pages, 49 color paintings
Containing over 100 color plates and drawings, this hefty volume was produced by long time friends and collaborators in 1993 to rave reviews. Publishers Weekly wrote "There are echoes of Francis Bacon's horrific portraits in the distorted figure studies...of Max Ernst and Rene Magritte in the dark fantasies and manic cartoonish collages. Yet ultimately Berry and Hales dark, frightening vision is singularly their own...compelling." Both artists have gone on to award winning careers in illustration and fine art. The work collected here, from their early years sharing a Boston studio, is just as disturbingly intense and enjoyable today.
Hardcover, illustrated endpapers, dust jacket
Trade Edition, 9" x 12", 128 pages
SIGNED BY RICK BERRY