|'Big Berg' 178 cm x 178 cm Gloucester Gate Regent's Park|
The vibrant colours- of what turned out to be the spring blossom in Adrian Berg's picture of Gloucester Park- and the size of the canvass led me to ask Steve about the picture. The first thing he told me was that the artist didn't mind which way up you hung the painting. Adrian Berg had a studio overlooking Regent's Park and he had painted the scene many times from different stand points and at different seasons. It was clear that this canvass came into the category of 'too valuable' to borrow but Steve told me that there was a smaller version that we could consider.
|'Little Berg' 61 cm x 76.5 cm gifted to The Atkinson by the Contemporary Arts Society 1986|
In 1961 Berg set up his studio in Gloucester Gate, overlooking Regent’s Park, which he occupied for almost a quarter of a century and where he made the rich, exquisitely coloured Regent’s Park paintings for which he is well known.
He was a renowned teacher and amongs his pupils was Tracy Emin who allegedly called him 'Bergy Baby". He was a quiet man who did not seek publicity -unlike his some of his pupils. He died in 2011 you can find his obituary here He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1992.
This was an occasion when knowing more about the artist and the picture helped. When we went back to the Mayor's Parlour we agreed that 'Little Berg' would be the picture you see facing you on entering the room.