June Berry finds her subject matter in her every day surroundings, either in a tiny hamlet in deepest rural France where she spends some months of the year, or in the streets and parks of South east London where she lives. The small events in people’s daily lives, often glimpsed in passing - the elderly dog walker with an equally elderly dog, the tree surgeon performing his ballet in the topmost branches, the French village housewife busy in her front garden full of vegetables - provide moments of amusement, sympathy, amazement or simply delight which translates into oil paintings, watercolours and drawings.
All June Berry’s paintings are made in the studio, where she is not distracted by reality. She finds it easier to select from information drawings made on the spot, photography, memory and experience and to include elements not there in reality. She is equally concerned with the abstract pattern that emerges as she paints, the blurring of vegetation into half seen patterns for example and the possibility of allowing the painting to take on a life of it’s own when new colour and compositional possibilities appear along the way.
She works in oil on board, which allows the possibility of cropping, using only sable or nylon brushes and rags..
1924 Born in Melbourne, Derbyshire
1942 to 43 and 1946 to 49 Studied at the Slade School UCL
1943 to 46 War service in the WRNS, decoding in Newport Pagnell, an out-station of Bletchley Park.
1950 to 85 Part time teaching in various London Art schools, including the Sir John Cass, Wimbledon School of Art and Croydon College of Art.
1973 Established a studio in west central France
2001 to 04 Vice President of the Royal Watercolour Society.
Royal Society of Painter – Printmakers
Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour
Royal West of England Academy
2015 Dry Red Press Award, New English Art Club Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1997 Artists and Illustrators Award, Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1987 First Prize, Watercolours of the North, Whitworth Art Gallery/Coloroll
1991 Saint Cuthbert’s Mill Prize for Watercolour. Royal West of England Academy
1990 Kathleen Tronson Prize. New English Art Club Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London
1989 Brandler Gallery Prize for Watercolour, New English Art Club Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Exhibited Most years since 1952
2004 David Remfry Selects, Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames (Invited Artist)
2002 Bankside Gallery, London (Solo Exhibition)
1998/01/04/06/09 Alresford Gallery, Hampshire (Solo Exhibition)
1997 Six Academicians. Royal West of England Academy Bristol.
1987/90 Amalgam Arts London (Solo Exhibition)
1981/82/83/84/85 Ogle Fine Art, Cheltenham (Solo Exhibition)
1973 Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford (Solo Exhibition)
The Watercolour Expert:Insights into Working Methods and Approaches, Royal Watercolour Society
Watercolour Masters – Then and Now