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Don Bergland



Don Bergland


Don Bergland

"Oblivion"

Digital Pigment Print , 24" x 30"

Sale Price $675

Artist Statement

Don Bergland’ work is an alchemical adventure into the mysteries of his own philosophy, beliefs, and values. For him, studio practice is an intellectual activity, both on his part as the creator, and on the part of the viewer as translator of the experience. As a result, he tries to place mental inquiry at the heart of each image he creates. He consciously inserts symbolic interactions and connections within the objects populating his theatrical sets, and encourages viewers to build their own narrative interpretations of these connections. He attempts to arrange the elements in his images in a way that connects a pivotal object or theme with association, symbolism, and metaphor. For Don, the enclosed space of the visual image is a cerebral theatre populated by realistic sets, objects, and figures which when combined with intention, offer challenging enigmas. He intends that the viewer will engage with the work, note surfaces, relationships, symbols, and metaphors, and will then construct personal meaning from the engagement. Like all studio-based languages of imaginative possibility, he has merely begun the journey of building and refining his own visual syntax and grammar of cerebral imagination. Each of his works is a record of that journey.

Biography

Don Bergland is currently an Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Victoria as well as an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA). He has been an active exhibiting artist for over 50 years, during which time, he has mastered a variety of professional media, from oil on canvas to his current studio use of digital tools and techniques. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed professional relationships with major galleries in Canada and the United States. He maintains an active international exhibiting career and has featured his artwork in over 200 major exhibitions throughout the world, winning over 70 creative & professional awards in the process. He has published a variety of books dealing with art and creative activity as well as many articles in scholarly and academic journals. His studio practice is focused on using 3D modeling environments to create surrealistic imagery for international exhibitions. He currently lives and teaches in Victoria, BC, Canada.