Artist Kevin Berlin

Livingstone Gallery presents on September 8th, the paintings and works on paper by Kevin Berlin (New York, 1965). This is the first solo exhibition of the American artist in the Netherlands.

As an artist Kevin Berlin provides access to particular communities that normally remain sealed. He has explored the world of ballet dancers from St. Petersburg, Russia and became involved with the National Circus of Ukraine. The tensions and emotions he observes behind the scenes are made visible in his paintings.

At the circus he got the chance to be very close with lion tamers and their hidden world. He literally entered "into the cage." From this experience emerged an extensive series of paintings entitled "Tiger Training For Beginners." With works like "into the cage," he refers to the moment when the animal trainer enters the cage and comes face to face with the man devouring beasts.

Themes such as vulnerability, fear, lust and our hidden feelings and desires are portrayed by Kevin Berlin in a special way and in his palette of gray and black with touches of vivid color. Matters of great importance are reduced to their essence. We are confronted with our hidden emotions. Like the animal trainer we too are trying to survive in today's society.

Kevin Berlin lives and works in Florence, Italy and Southampton, New York. In 1983 he received the Young Arts Presidential Scholarship from President Reagan and studied at Yale University in the U.S. and Slade University in London. His work is included in many prominent private collections including those of Bill and Hillary Clinton, and in several corporate collections such as General Motors.

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