Form + Function is now showcasing oil paintings produced by Indiana’s very own Robert Berkshire.
Robert B. Berkshire was born in 1932. An Indianapolis native, he attended Arsenal Technical High School and was a scholarship student at the John Herron Art Institute. He graduated in 1954 with a diploma in fine arts.
Berkshire painted with a verve that leapt from the canvas. In a 2002 article about an upcoming retrospective at the Indiana State Museum, he said â€œIâ€™m interested in the space in a painting. As the images Iâ€™m working with in a painting become real to me, I like to be able to see what Iâ€™m doing by moving through the space that surrounds them. I donâ€™t want to see just whatâ€™s facing me, but also whatâ€™s all around and behind it.â€
He painted the way he lived: Large. He became one of Indianapolisâ€™ best-known painters, while nurturing his students well and rigorously.
Berkshire made one of the first gifts to the capital campaign that moved Herron School of Art and Design from 16th and Pennsylvania streets to its new home on the IUPUI campus in 2005. The Robert B. Berkshire Gallery was named in his honor. (Bio viaÂ http://www.robertberkshire.com/biography/)
His commitment to his students lives on: Herron School of Art and Design is the sole beneficiary of his estate. The sale of works from his estate will benefit Herronâ€™s mission in accordance with his wishes.
Tonight 12/05/2012 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Â in The Toby
7 pm | $5 Public | $3 Members | Free for DAS
Hope to see you there!
It’s all on sale, come on gift yourself too!