In his works, Michael Berryhill portrays objects that are “figuratively abstract”. For Berryhill, there’s no difference between realism and abstraction. Influenced by the emerging neo-Nabis style, Berryhill creates enigmatic paintings that arise from drawings and allude to subjects (sometimes cowboys) without giving the game away.
Described often as a Surrealist, he is more interested in invention, in being lost, the creation process and then finding meaning; finding his way out of being lost is so palpable. As Berryhill says: ”It’s fleeting, but when you feel that moment of getting an answer—where there are no answers forthcoming in our lives or elsewhere—when you get a real clarity in not-knowingness it’s a pretty inexplicable sensation and experience. I think that drawing does that, and a lot of different art forms: I’m a huge movie fan. But painting is the most vivid version”.
Michael Berryhill earned a MFA from Columbia University, New York, in 2009, a ME from Skowheagan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1994. His most recent solo exhibitions include KANSAS Gallery, NY, in 2016, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary, in 2015, and NADA Art Fair in 2013. His work has been reviewed in major art magazines, such as Art in America, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. He is represented by KANSAS Gallery in New York.
b.1972, El Paso, TX
lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
MFA; Columbia University; New York, NY
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Skowhegan, ME
BFA; University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX
Something of a Feather; KANSAS Gallery; New York, NY
Shrine Time; Jeff Bailey Gallery; Hudson, NY
Art Los Angeles Contemporary; Los Angeles, CA
Beggars Blanket; KANSAS Gallery; New York, NY
NADA Art Fair; New York, NY
Incidental Western; KANSAS Gallery; New York, NY
Fear of a Flat Planet; CTRL Gallery; Houston, TX
Basement States; Horton Gallery; New York, NY
The Past Was Here; SUNDAY L.E.S.; NEXT Fair; Chicago, IL
Greetings from Berrydale (with Ryan Lauderdale); Okay Mountain; Austin, TX
Summerzcool, curated by Austin Eddy and Benjamin Edmiston; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Shout for Tomorrow; Hirschl & Adler; New York, NY
The Clear and The Obscure; Lulu; Mexico City, MX
Strange Abstraction; Fredericks & Freiser Gallery; New York, NY
Around Flat; Knockdown Center; Maspeth, NY
Intimacy in Discourse: Unreasonable Sized Paintings; School of Visual Arts; New York, NY
The Negative Hand; Anonymous Gallery; Mexico City, MX
The Guston Effect; Steven Zevitas Gallery; Boston, MA
From Now on In; Brian Morris Gallery; New York, NY
This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion, curated by Cary Smith; New Britain Museum of American Art; New Britain, CT
Pale Fire; LeRoy Neiman Gallery; Columbia University; New York, NY
Artist in Residence Biennial: Patricia Treib, Michael Berryhill, EJ Hauser and Jaya Howey; Ewing Gallery; The University of Tennessee; Knoxville, TN
Style as Substance, organized by Kieth J. Varadi; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Breaking Night; Vox Populi; Philadelphia, PA
External Original, organized by Sarah Mattes; Clifford Gallery; Colgate University; Hamilton, NY
Mark, Scrape, Wipe, Shape, curated by Karla Wozniak and Sangram Majumdar; SPACESHIFTER; Brooklyn, NY
Pig Party, organized by Gina Beavers; New York, NY
Epiphanic Glow, curated by Brad Hajzak; Geoffrey Young Gallery; Great Barrington, MA
Beasts of Revelation; DC Moore Gallery; New York, NY
WAVERS, curated by EJ Hauser and Rob Nadeau; 283 47th St; Brooklyn, NY
MYTHOGRAFIA; Bull and Ram; New York, NY
Shapeshifters, curated by Laurel Sparks; 4 4 3 P A S; New York, NY
Monkey Wrench; Horton Gallery; New York, NY
The Maginot Line, curated by David Scholl; David Castillo Gallery; Miami, FL
Collective Show; Participant Inc.; New York, NY
Precarity and the Butter Tower, curated by Jackie Gendel and Tom McGrath; CTRL; Houston, TX
H.T.A.D.I.T.F. 25 Central Park West, curated by Per Billgren and Shannon Smith; New York, NY
Whitney’s Biennial C.R.E.A.M. Projects; Brooklyn, NY
MFA Thesis Exhibition; Columbia University; New York, NY
Panic to Power!, curated by Brian Bress; Angstrom Gallery; Los Angeles, CA
Deadliest Catch, curated by Michael Sillinger; CORE; Southampton, NY
Lost In Your Eyes; LeRoy Neiman Gallery; Columbia University; New York, NY
Berliner Kunstsalon & Anonyme Zeichner 7; Blutenweiss Gallery; Berlin, DE
7 x 7; Okay Mountain; Austin, TX
Existence is Elsewhere; Else Madsen Gallery; Austin, TX
Popular Hallucinations from the Home; MASS Gallery; Austin, TX
Painters and Cowboys Should Be Friends; UNT Artspace FW; Fort Worth, TX
Laser Light Show Project (L.L.S.P.); Gallery 3; Austin, TX
Affair at the Jupiter Hotel (with Art Palace); Portland, OR
Wild & Bushy; Volitant Gallery; Austin, TX
Painting’s Edge: The Exhibition; Idyllwild Arts Academy; Idyllwild, CA
New American Talent 21; Arthouse; Austin, TX
Related; MASS Gallery; Austin, TX
From Brooklyn to Bolm; Bolm Studios Gallery; Austin, TX
AWARDS AND HONNORS
Dean; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Skowhegan, ME
Rauschenberg Residency ;Captiva, FL
Dean; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Skowhegan, ME
University of Tennessee; Artist in Residence; Knoxville, TN
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Painting
Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation; Studio Space Recipient
Painting’s Edge Residency; Idyllwild Arts Academy; Idyllwild, CA
Moyer, Carrie. Michael Berryhill. Art in America. September
Kardon, Dennis. Fuzzy Reception: Michael Berryhill at KANSAS. Artcritical, June 10.
David, Ben. Michael Berryhill. Artnet. May 21
Indrisek, Scott. Michael Berryhill at KANSAS. Blouin Artinfo. May 15.
Harkness, Hilary. Michael Berryhill: bright Lights, No Sweat. The Huffington Post, May 12.
Provosty, Nathlie. What’s more real, a dead tree or a drawing of a dead tree?. The Brooklyn Rail.
Worth, Alexi. 25 Artists to Watch in 2014. Modern Painters, December.
Rosenberg, Karen. A Roving Art Fair Finds a Home Court Advantage. The New York Times. May 10
Johnson, Paddy. The 10 Best Exhibitions of 2012. The L Magazine, Deember.
Harkness, Hilary. Studio Visit Advice From Painter Michael Berryhill. Huff Post The Blog. September
Bui, Phong. On MICHAEL BERRYHILL’S Sensitive Parlour Ghost, Incidental Wester. The Brooklyn
Kimball, Whitney. MICHAEL BERRYHILL AT KANSAS GALLERY. New American
Paintings Blog. June 28. Web
Adelaide, Kari. Michael Berryhill At Kansas Gallery. Huff Post ARTS. June 12. Web
Winant, Carmen. Michael Berryhill’s Impossible Art. DAILYSERVING. June 7. Web
Calandra, Maria. Michael Berryhill. PENCIL IN THE STUDIO. April 5. Web.
Butler, Sharon. Michael Berryhill’s tabletops. two coats of paint. July 16. Web.
Rosenberg, Karen. Art in Review, The New York Times. September 17.
Wolff, Rachel. See Here Now: Three art-rich neighborhoods, 25 new galleries.