The Spirit and the Virgin | Oil on Canvas | 8.701" x 15" | Private Collection | 2012
The Gift and the Ghost | Oil on Canvas | 29.518" x 34" | Private Collection | 2012
Omnes Oportet Sudare | Oil on Canvas | 34.641" x 60" | 2012
The Virgin and Helel Ben Sahar | Oil on Canvas | 20.836" x 24" | 2012
Omnes Mustum Mori | Oil on Canvas | 29.518" x 34" | 2012
Water Dust | Oil on Canvas | 19.721" x 34" | Private Collection | 2012
The Three Tongues of Dusk | Oil on Canvas | 29.518" x 34" | Private Collection | 2012
The Harlot | Oil on Canvas | 19.721" x 34" | Private Collection | 2012
Light Bringer | Oil on Canvas | 20.836" x 24" | Private Collection | 2012
Artist Statement: When principles are put to the question, there is no escaping physical reality. Though an idea cannot be broken, a bearer can. Fire speaks to ice, and an acolyte melts. These are the forms of water, unbound, in the house of black and white. These are wet nuns. Drink Venezia dry.
Shaun Berke is delirious. An all-time old-time pleasure-monger. Slower; look too fast and you’ll miss it. He started by getting born about 30 years ago in Larrabee County, a mythical small town above the San Fernando Valley. A long time later, he went to art school at Art Center College of Design, following which he was apprentice to a mentor in the traditional manner. Now he runs a painting workshop for his alma mater, then goes home to paint some more in his north-light-lit cave in Pasadena. Along the way he joined The Getty Research Institute, lectured at Moorpark College, acted as teaching assistant to his mentor in Venice (the one in Italy), and was given awards by the Westlake Village Art Guild, Thousand Oaks Art Association, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Alyce de Roulet Williamson. His hobbies are working as a janitor and building shrines to gods he can’t remember anymore.