Bergen Rose

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Born in Washington D.C., Bergen spent some of her early childhood living on a farm with grandparents in Oklahoma after her mother took ill.  Her grandmother, a woman of few words, painted images of their rural surroundings.  She put a paintbrush into Bergen’s hand, and Bergen never let go.  Bergen eventually moved to Southern California, mainly Santa Monica, where she lived for many years.  In the 1970s, she lived in England and Spain, a nearly three-year experience that further fueled her love of art and adventure.  She continued her explorations in the 1980s by traveling to the Himalayas many times, hiking, painting and visiting Tibetan monasteries.  She also traveled to Africa, hiking and painting Mt. Kilimanjaro, bicycled over New Zealand, and ducked bullets in Sri Lanka.  These adventures expanded her love of landscape as did traveling and painting in France, Zurich, Germany, Basque country, Portugal, Norway and Japan.  She moved to the Northwest in 1994, where she resides today on Whidbey Island… 

 

Although a painter at heart, Bergen’s interest in fiber art has taken her into new international directions.  She currently has several fiber art pieces embarked on a year-long touring exhibition in Europe, beginning in France and continuing elsewhere into 2015...

 

Bergen studied art in the late 1970s with Martin Facey, an exceptional artist & teacher at Santa Monica College and UCLA.  It was through Martin that she met his mentor, Richard Diebenkorn.  Both artists inspired her to pursue art.  Bergen was happy to be part of Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party Project, which opened at the SF Museum of Modern Art in 1979  and is now part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum.  She also feels fortunate to have studied and exhibited extensively with Meito Shodo Kai under Japanese master calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii in the art of sumi-e (ink painting) and shodo (Japanese calligraphy).  Bergen has worked in the mediums of oil, acrylic, ink, encaustic and fiber.  Influences and inspirations include painters Franz Klein, Mark Rothko, Anselm Kiefer, George Inness, Dennis Snyder, and of course Richard Diebenkorn and Martin Facey, as well as Turner’s landscapes, and the poetry of Rilke and Leonard Cohen which are sprinkled through her work.

 

Bergen teaches on occasion, and is honored to receive the fourth invitation to exhibit her work in Beaujolais this April at the Biennale d'Art Textile 2016...

 

 

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