Kevin Berlin continues his focus on important contemporary social issues through narrative painting. Themes such as vulnerability, desire, and hidden thoughts are portrayed in a palette of mostly black and white with touches of vibrant color. All works are painted from life.
Berlin’s mostly black and white paintings explore the hidden world of “what people are thinking but are afraid to say.” The paintings are inspired by an ongoing series of personal interviews. Themes include classical ballet, cocktail parties, cash and cigarettes.
These selected works reflect the artist's longtime interest in painting on a monumental scale. All works are oil on canvas and are intended for large scale interior public and private spaces. The works have the common theme of human desire and temptation.
Berlin's works on paper follow the Renaissance tradition of drawing from life as the basis for expression and the development of ideas. Whether a tomato, banana peel, nude, or Nutella, these works have a spontaneity and directness that can’t be achieved any other way.
Painted from life during the 2020 pandemic, Berlin invites the viewer to reimagine a new world where even the classical nude may be affected by social distancing. The Artist wishes strength and healing during this challenging period. Stay safe!