Nothing Gold Can Stay

June 1 through September 7, 2018

Ard Berge

Ard Berge received his M.F.A. in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 1997. He was awarded a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995. His education also includes study with Jacob Collins at Water Street Atelier, working with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky at the Art Institute of Florence in Italy, and private lessons with Patrick Devonas. Since 1999, he has taught studio art and art history at Felician University where he currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Art Department. Berge has additionally taught at the New York Academy of Art and Bergen Community College. In 2001, he was invited by the U.S. Department of State to conduct workshops in Angola with Antonio Olé. Ard Berge has also been awarded artist's residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2002 and Acadia National Park in 2012. Berge has exhibited widely-with solo shows at Art First Contemporary Art gallery in London and at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He lives and works in Manhattan.

About the Exhibit

My paintings explore the American landscape as a site of personal expression and social transformation. Foregrounding observed scenes of contemporary life, they at once reference America's landscape painting tradition while revealing the social, cultural, and economic pressures that continue to redefine these environments. In the 21st century, we have the illusion of being able to control nature. My painting process acknowledges that we are but an element within it.

Created from life, the imagery invites reflection on scenes that at first glance might appear to privilege the pastoral. Ultimately, the work addresses signs of inexorable change.

  • The Bounty
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 36" x 48"
  • 2018
  • The Four Seasons All Year Round
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 36" x 56"
  • 2018
  • The Blue Room
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 28" x 36"
  • 2018
  • Upright Grand
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 24" x 20"
  • 2018
  • Kiryas Joel Exodus
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 30" x 36"
  • 2018
  • The Yellow Room
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 20" x 24"
  • 2018
  • Pegasus Refueled
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 37" x 48"
  • 2018
  • Rural Route
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 12" x 54"
  • 2018
  • Return to Sender
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 34" x 34"
  • 2018
  • Nothing Gold Can Stay
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 34" x 28"
  • 2018
  • Seven Days on Schoodic
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 18" x 26"
  • 2018
  • Echo Lake
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 30" x 30"
  • 2018
  • Marilyn Maintains the Meadow
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 24" x 36"
  • 2018
  • Peacable Northeast Kingdom
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 24" x 36"
  • 2018
  • World Trade
  • Ard Berge
  • Oil on Linen
  • 30" x 32"
  • 2018