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Berkeley Mews, 2013
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 90 x 76 inches
Year created: 2013
Location: New York
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Berkeley Mews, 2013 Ellen Berkenblit

Berkenblit's painting hovers between representation and abstraction, but almost always features a fantastical female character drawn from her imagination. Part cartoon heroine, part femme fatale, this long-lashed, nameless beauty of the night has metamorphosed through the artist's career. Deep dramatic colour palettes and exuberant painterly strokes characterise the works.

In this painting only the long lashes and thinly drawn lips are apparent, and a mass of hair or an explosion of red ribbons splash and slash downwards in large fan shapes, creating a swirling and unbridled energy. The artist thinks of painting like music – reducing the human condition down to the most basic, and most powerful chords.


Ellen Berkenblit

Ellen Berkenblit was born in Paterson, New Jersey, U.S. She received her B.F.A from The Cooper Union in 1980. Berkenblit has been exhibiting with solo shows since 1984 and her work features in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Berkenblit lives and works in New York and is represented by Anton Kern Gallery.