Featured Artist Member

Featured Artist Member honors the artist members of Berkeley Art Center, highlighting the breadth and variety of mediums, processes and concepts engaged by our community. Only artists whose memberships are current will be considered. To become a member, please sign up HERE. To fill out our Artist Member Informational Survey , click HERE.

Featured Artist July 2016

David Becker

David Becker lives and works in Oakland, CA. His artistic training began at California College of Art and Craft and took him to Central School of Art, Holborn, London and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York. Working with color fields juxtaposed by graphic elements, his paintings exercise the optic response but also curb the energy around us and enable the viewer to refocus and contemplate the iconic use of negative space.

Artist Statement

The moment or process in the work of painting demands a singularity of focus. From that develops a fresh clarity, inspiration and curiosity and, if nothing else, the desire to see through from the initial impetus the path that was set to final completion.

The work encompasses pictorial Image and Ground. The Image: Iconic, Sculpture, Architectural. An object or an empty (negative) space, abstract or referential, proportional, isotropic, and focused. In contrast to Ground: asymmetrical cacophonic racket of spatial dissonance equal in contrast to Image. Within this I am able to explore and address a desired subject matter, as well as engage in Painting and the path it’s put me on.

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Black Daisy 1 (2015)
acrylic on canvas, 86" x 86"

  Hood  (2009) acrylic on canvas, 84" x 66"

Hood (2009)
acrylic on canvas, 84" x 66"

Molly (2015)
acrylic on canvas, 84" x 62"

Black Cross Boom Box (2015)
acrylic on canvas, 80" x 108"

For a list of previously featured Member Artists, click the link for the Index of Featured Artists.