university of california, berkeley

university of california, berkeley

BERKELEY COLLEGE - Ten, Nick Savides

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BERKELEY COLLEGE PRESENTS ARTWORK FOR THE MONTH OF MAY - THE BIOMORPHIC IMAGININGS OF TEN AND THE MYSTERY OF NICK SAVIDES Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of talented artists Ten and Nick Savides at its newly renovated Midtown Manhattan Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 12 East 41st Street. This exhibit is on display from May 1 through 30—Monday through Friday—from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. A reception will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Raised in the Netherlands, Ten (Jan ten Broeke) arrived in the United States as a young man. He became an active member of the vibrant evolutionary art scene of Greenwich Village in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s where he earned the admiration and friendship of many of the scene's most influential artists. That is still true today as he continues to garner enthusiastic praise for his unique biomorphic and geomorphic imaginings. An introspective artist, Ten says of his work, "Ultimately, my mind, my eyes and my hands are merely instrumental in producing this work. In spite of knowing better, I do frequently experience the sensation that the work is not created by me, but through me. He adds, "My art has a chance for limited survival, but I know my body does not." Ten has gone on to exhibit at many domestic and international shows, receiving honors and awards along the way. He is a member of "Who's Who in American Art." He has exhibited at Berkeley College in the past, and his work is presently on display at Berkeley College, 225 Duffield Street, Brooklyn. Nick Savides studied art at Brandeis University under New York figurative painter Paul Georges and learned formal composition and painting techniques. Moving to New York in 1980, he created city scenes, panting people in the context of the streets. His work extended to Brooklyn, the New England landscapes, national parks across the United States and Paris, France. Mr. Savides says, "My paintings have a calming effect; if they were music, the melody would be soft and soothing. I'm inspired by the effects of light. Influenced by artists such as Jan Vermeer and Edward Hopper, I strive to create paintings that capture a sense of time and place as well as mystery. They draw you in with the familiar and invite you to interpret them by inventing the story behind them." This is Mr. Savides' fourth exhibit at Berkeley College. His oil on canvas "Wall Street -- Early Morning" took first place at the Berkeley College "Change in Brooklyn" art competition in early 2011. He has had many solo and group exhibits, including the Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY; Geary Gallery, Darien, CT; and Accent Gallery, Ocean City, NJ. He was recently filmed by French director Pierre Oertel for an upcoming documentary "Art City." For more details about these artists and the exhibit, e-mail Robert Keiber at rjk@BerkeleyCollege.edu or call 212-252-2065. Music by: Chill Carrier - A New Day