Artist

Venetia Berry

Venetia Berry is a London-based artist who trained at The Charles Cecil School in Florence, followed by The Leith School in Edinburgh and then The Royal Drawing School, London. An accomplished oil painter and portrait artist, she also creates work that is whimsical and dream-like. With a particular interest in the female nude, she paints the figure through an abstracted lens, simplifying the form using pure line, or reduced mark-making. 

 

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Venetia's Style

Venetia's work seeks to reverse the male gaze by challenging the archetypical sexualised female nude. Her distorted and elongated forms play with feelings of illusion and trickery. There is an ambiguity to her work which invites the viewer's imagination and own interpretation. 

 

Watch Venetia's video feature with House & Garden to step inside her studio, learn about her influences and see her process. 

 

If you are interested to find out more about Venetia's available oil paintings or would like to discuss a bespoke portrait commission, please get in touch.

"I want my work to convey an essence of femininity within its curves and abstract shapes. When making my work, it is important to me to think of the everywoman, transcending race and size, creating something that is inclusive to all." - Venetia Berry

Virago - An Online Exhibition by Venetia Berry

These ten artworks on canvas have been created for Venetia’s solo online exhibition: Virago. The title, Virago, makes reference to the paradoxical word which is used to describe a woman who is thought to be “domineering, violent or bad-tempered” but at the same time can be used for a woman who is “heroic, or displays masculine qualities”. 

This problematic word, exemplifies the way that our society often perceives dominant or strong women to be “bossy” or “controlling” whilst their male counterparts are never brandished with the same negative associations for the same behaviours. It also exposes the fact that, if women are thought to be heroic, then their strength is compared to that of a man, rather than being allowed to display strength in a uniquely feminine way.

  • Tyche Sold
    Tyche | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Themis
    Themis | Venetia Berry | Acrylic on Canvas | Partnership Editions
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  • Metis Sold
    Metis | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Keres
    Keres | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Hecate
    Hecate | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Hebe Sold
    Hebe | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Gaia Sold
    Gaia | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Elpis Sold
    Elpis | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Clotho
    Clotho | Venetia Berry | Acrylic on Canvas | Partnership Editions
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  • Mania Sold
    Mania | Venetia Berry | Acrylic on Canvas | Partnership Editions
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Drop 4 - Autumn 2020

"Every day I practice numerous rituals to keep my mental health and anxiety at bay, such as meditation, yoga, breath work and cold water therapy. I really wanted to reflect this constant search for peace and tranquility within these works, particularly as the return to ‘normal’ looms and there is a certain feel of anxiety in the air. I have been thinking a lot about the works of Helen Frankenthaler and Agnes Martin recently, I love the way their works engulf the viewer, you could stare at them for hours in a trance-like state." - Venetia Berry, Tranquility Series

  • Tranquility 6
    Tranquility 6 | Venetia Berry | Acrylic and Ink | Partnership Editions
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  • Tranquility 5
    Tranquility 5 | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Tranquility 4
    Tranquility 4 | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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     Tranquility 7 | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Tranquility 2 Sold
    Tranquility 2 | Venetia Berry | Acrylic and Ink | Partnership Editions
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  • Tranquility 1 Sold
    Tranquility 1 | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Tranquility 3 Sold
    Tranquility 3 | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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Partnership Editions x BIAS: The Artist's Slip Dress

“When working on this piece I was trying to reflect the idea of peaceful and celestial energy. Keeping enough negative space between each drawing and not overworking the piece felt important to me whilst I was working on it. I found myself thinking a lot about the work of Joan Miro when working on the design. I find something especially tranquil about the idea of the celestial, particularly at the moment whilst the world is experiencing a lot of pain.” - Venetia Berry

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    The Blue Moon
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Drop 3 - High Summer 2020

"Embroidery has been something that keeps coming up everywhere I look, for a while now. Having done an embroidery course back in December, I had been thinking of ways to incorporate embroidery into my practice. During lockdown I have had the opportunity to delve deeper into research. I have been particularly interested by the work of Anni Albers, how she used the medium of weaving, traditionally seen as a ‘feminine subject’, to her advantage when she wasn’t allowed to take part in the ‘masculine subjects’. 

When sewing into the paper, I couldn’t help but think about the oppressed womxn of the past. The idea that so many womxn were constrained to live solely for the purpose of the household. The sewing is time consuming and I have really loved the handling of the paper that comes with it. The handling of the paper also, to me, reflects my desire to live more in the present moment. This idea of being present and appreciating the small things in life has been an overwhelming response to the lockdown." - Venetia Berry, Sewn Series

Drop 2 - Spring / Summer 2020

"Painting these works during lockdown was of a much slower pace than I am used to. Some of the works you can tell reflect the endless waiting and boredom, but also I hope say something about the slower pace of life we have all become accustomed to, and are embracing. We are all rethinking our ‘normal’ lives and how rushed off our feet we usually are." - Venetia Berry

Drop 1 - Spring 2020

Monumental Curves

Canvases

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    Opal | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Laguna Sold
    Laguna |  | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Cameo Sold
    Cameo | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Curve IV Sold
    Curve IV | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Onyx Sold
    Onyx | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Verdigris
    Verdigris | Venetia Berry | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Nude Reclined Sold
    Nude Reclined
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