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JOAN BERG VICTOR
Drawings from Nature
and Still Life Watercolors
"The Remarkable Drawings of Joan Berg Victor"
November 15-December 16, 2005
1044 Madison Ave. 4th Floor, New York, NY--Mon-Fri 10-6
CREATIVE PROCESS interviews artist and illustrator Joan Berg Victor in her Manhattan studio.
Editor's Comment: In the 18th-19th century heyday of botanical illustration, talents such as Redouté and Bessa turned precisely rendered drawings of plants into works of art. In addition to her clear-eyed observation, contemporary artist Joan Berg Victor brings a remarkably personal sense of portraiture to her meticulous drawings of trees, flowers and landscape. This artist depicts not a generalization of the species but the individual character of a particular plant and in doing so brings a fresh aspect to the nature drawing genre.
Joan Berg VICTOR: I have a tremendous love and empathy for living things.
Pears drawing by Joan Berg Victor
Joan Berg VICTOR: When I draw a rose, I have such respect and admiration for that rose.
Detail from large rosa centifolia drawing
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Joan Berg VICTOR: My works invite the viewer to enter the piece and experience my attachment with nature. People who like my work feel my deep personal involvement in the drawing.
Joan Berg VICTOR: My working process is straightforward: I set up a still life or I find my tree. I work directly on the final surface. I just begin drawing with pencil. I work very, very, very slowly.
Joan Berg VICTOR: Working slowly makes it very difficult, because trees leaf out and flowers die.
Two drawings of the same maple tree:
Solitary Maple (left) and Maple in Full Leaf (right)
In the drawing made two years later, the tree has thickened though its gesture remains the same.
Joan Berg VICTOR: I work all the time. Here in Manhattan, in my studio upstate or in St. Thomas. Even though the composition looks casual, I'm very exacting on placement.
Detail of drawing Palm
Joan Berg VICTOR: In my still lifes, the inanimate objects are just a foil for the living things. The essence of a still life is all that is necessary. This is harder to do than drawing the whole thing--it's important to know what not to put in. When I leave out things, it is to engage the viewer.
Joan Berg VICTOR: Flooding the canvas with color is a way of lulling people--they see color and no longer see objects. In coloring only a part of the drawing, I've told the whole story. The viewer's mind can fill in the rest. It would be redundant to color it all.
Joan Berg VICTOR: It takes time to build up these complex landscapes and individual tree drawings. It's a balancing act to create the space--to make the darks hold the foreground and or background to create depth and the illusion of space. My recent drawings are deeper spatially than my earlier ones.
Detail of sepia drawing (left)
Into the Woods
Joan Berg VICTOR: If I can enable people to see nature in a way they weren't able to see it before, then I am successful.
In addition to exhibiting her work in New York City galleries and other public and private galleries in the US, Joan Berg Victor has created large-scale murals for the Jewish Home for the Aged as well as for numerous individual clients in New York. The artist accepts mural commissions for corporate & private venues. Joan Berg Victor's portrait illustrations have appeared in Fortune, Forbes, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal; she has written and illustrated more than 20 books for children and adults. Ms. Victor has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.
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JOAN BERG VICTOR drawings & watercolors offered for sale in
Biddington's Contemporary Art Gallery.
Price range: $1000-$14,000
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