Sven Berlin ‘Paradise’

This is currently the most expensive piece in Art & Adornments, but it is amazing.  It is a multi-media painting entitled ‘Paradise’ by a well-known listed artist, and is an investment piece.  Each time you look at this large painting you see something different, there is even a small monkey face in amongst the birds, man, woman, sky, shark and sea creatures.

Paradise in simple frame

Paradise in simple frame

Top Half of Sven Berlin Paradise

Top Half of Sven Berlin Paradise

 

Lower Half of Sven Berlin Paradise

Lower Half of Sven Berlin Paradise

I have a fair amount of information about this artist Sven Berlin, but key points are:

Born London 14 September 1911.  Died near Wimborne, Dorset 14 December 1999.

1953 left Cornwall by a horse drawn wagon and until 1970 lived in the New Forest with travellers.

Published a novel ‘The Dark Monarch’ in 1962 (a lightly-veiled expose of the politics amongst artists of St. Ives in the early 1950’s) and then found himself in serious trouble with several of the artists depicted in the book and was sued for libel, which brought about his financial ruin.

Descriptions of him are flamboyant, bohemian, multi-talented, ex-adagio dancer, artist in watercolours/pencil/pen/ink, book illustrator, carver of wood/stone/granite, writer of novels, writer of poems/his autobiography, and a respected philosopher.

Sven Berlin’s work is to be found in many private collections around the world, and was shown in many galleries and exhibitions including The Tate – London, Belgrave Gallery, and Victoria & Albert Museum – London.

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