Richard Berner is a Brighton-based artist known for his "surrealist architecture', which involves creating artworks from a meticulously-hand-drawn cast of little figures, that he calls "Champs.'
In The Messenger XL, Berner has crafted his emperor moth from a dense crowd of tiny figures and faces, only visible under close scrutiny.
A breathtaking work of skill, the piece pushes illustration into fine art and is a wonderful example of Berner's talent for creating intricate pieces that sing with unexpected detail.
This giclee print is hand-finished with 24ct gold leaf. From a limited edition of 25, the piece is signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 85 x 120
Hand Finished: Yes
Medium: Giclee, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 25
Size (cm): 85 x 120
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About the artist
Brighton-based artist, Richard Berner is an internationally collected illustrator and painter best known for his detailed pieces where a larger image is created from hundreds of signature hand-drawn figures or ‘champs’.
After studying Fine Art and Animation Berner has gone on to create a range of artworks from children's book illustrations, to limited edition screen prints, surreal portraits on canvas to large-scale wall murals. All in a variety of media from ink on paper to acrylics on wood and glass.
Drawing inspiration from a colourful array of cultural iconography – from Star Wars to Disney, British landmarks to cult celebrity – Berner creates works which bristle with imagination and eccentricity.
With his intricate, ink drawings as a base, Berner brings each work to life with the addition of hand-applied colour and texture, building up layers of paint drips and splatters, for a dynamic and unique aesthetic.
He describes the scenes in his artwork as ‘surreal architecture’ and cites the masters, Dali and MC Escher as his biggest inspirations. It is easy to see this influence in the dream-like scenes he creates which often depict a dystopian view of his hometown of Brighton.