the artist

Berrisford Boothe

Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein

Berrisford Boothe

Philadelphia and Easton, PA

Berrisford Boothe

In his work over the last 20 years, Boothe has been engaging processes specifically to interrupt and betray ‘bi-literal’ symmetry while reconstituting balance thru improvised recreational color geometry.  Boothe is always looking for the structure and potency of the viewing experience to be activated by the perceptual force between what the viewer perceives "should be" and what actually is.  That unresolved dynamic tension in viewing gives birth to a truly personal response.
    In the absence of recognizable representational form, Boothe must depend on another formula for call and response.  In abstraction that agent is the pure alchemical relationship between the elements of color, lines (real or implied) and rhythm.  The viewer must now decipher individual – not collective – meaning. The resonant quality Boothe is aiming for is the shifting reverberations between conditioned perception, knowledge, and the reality of what hasn't exactly been seen before.

Gallery Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein

Fast Facts

Name: Berrisford Boothe


Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica

B.A. (Art), 1983 – Lafayette College
M.F.A. (Painting), 1986 – Maryland Institute College of Art

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, Babe Shapiro, Ron Janowich, Sal Scarpitta, Grace Hartigan, Ed Kerns

Particular field of study or class work:
Visual Artist/African American Art

Major influences/admired artists:
Thomas Eakins, Henry O. Tanner, J.M.W. Turner, Egon Schiele, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Romare Bearden, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Moran, Kehinde Wiley, Charles Burwell, Sterling Shaw, Anselm Kiefer, Chakaia Booker, Edward Hopper, William Eggleston

Favorite materials or media:

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Lehigh University

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Sande Webster Gallery – Philadelphia, PA
June Kelly Gallery – New York City, NY

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