Stefan Berg: Turning Of Day

7 - 30 April 2022

“The immediate prompts the memorised; reminders stimulate and impulse dictates.”

 - Frank Auerbach 

United Contemporary is proud to present Turning of Day, a contemplative body of work by Toronto-based painter Stefan Berg. In this new suite of plein air paintings and studio interpretations, Berg draws out and emphasises a compelling geometry found in nature. Grasping the weight and mass of the subject, both in feeling and substance, the artist makes real the physicality of experience, to procure a tangible, haptic touch for the eyes. However, the true subject of this exhibition is light. Returning to familiar landscapes with cumulative inquiry, Berg has painted on-site and from memory, the evanescence of time, exploring temporality and duration. As a result, his paintings are evocative of the mechanics of seeing, layering and revising the passing light and atmosphere observed over days, sometimes months, even years.


Stefan Berg received a BFA from OCAD University in 2008, along with the Solomon Painting Award and Eric Freifeld Award. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe, and featured in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the Telegram Journal. Berg would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Chalmers Family Fund, the Access Copyright Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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