Brighton-based artist, Richard Berner created this piece for New Beginnings, a show curated by Enter Gallery in 2019 featuring joyful artworks from a range of artists with a focus on sustainability.
To create the butterfly, Berner has enlisted his trusty cast of hundreds of tiny meticulously hand-drawn "champs', woven together to produce the light and shade of the patterns on the insect's delicate wings. By combining fine pen, gouache washes and 24c gold leaf, Berner has created a stunning piece that captures the incomparable beauty of nature.
This hand-finished print is from a limited edition of 50, signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 50 x 50
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Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 50
Size (cm): 50 x 50
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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.