About

Chronology

 

1929 Born 12 March, London, to Charles & Sarah Berg

1947-9 National Service - Royal Signals

1949-52 Gonville and Caius Collage, Cambridge

1952-3 Trinity College, Dublin

1953-5 Worked as schoolteacher

1955-6 St Martin's School of Art, London

1956-8 Chelsea School of Fine Art, London

1958-61 Royal College of Art, London 

1961 Moved into flat at Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, London

1961-78 Taught at various art schools, in particular at

Central School of Art and Design, London, and Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London

1964 First Solo Exhibition at Arthur Tooth & Sons, London

1969 Moved to top-floor flat at Gloucester Gate, Regent's Park, London

1973 Awarded Gold Medal at Florence Biennale, Italy

1985 Moved to Cambridge Gate, Regent's Park, London

1980 Prizewinner at John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1981 First Solo Exhibition, Waddington Gallery, London 

1985 First Solo Exhibition, Piccadilly Gallery, London

1986 Retropective, Serpentine Gallery, London

1987-8 Elected Senior Tutor, Royal College of Art

1988 Moved to Hove, East Sussex

1992 Elected Royal Academician

1993 Retrospective, Barbican Gallery, London

1994 Elected Honoray Fellow of the Royal College of Art

1996 Berg's partner Mike Osmund died 

2004 Elected Senior Royal Academician 

2011 Died 22 October, Brighton

 

Selected Collections

Arts Council Collections, Southbank Centre

Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport

Barclays Bank, UK

City of Bradford 

Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries 

The British Council

The British Museum 

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

London Borough of Camden, Town Hall Extension

Carlise Museum and Art Gallery

Contemporary Art Society 

Dartington Hall

East Sussex County Council

The European Parliment 

Goverment Art Collection 

Guildhall Art Gallery 

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan 

Hove Museum and Art Gallery 

Leeds City Art Gallery

The University of Liverpool Art Gallery 

Manchester City Art Gallery

The Nation Trust  

Pallant House Gallery 

Penguin Books Ltd

Rochdale Art Gallery 

Royal Academy of Arts 

The Royal Bank of Scotland 

The Royal College of Art 

The Royal College of Physicians 

Tate

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan 

Touchstones Rochdale 

Victoria Gallery and Museum 

Victoria and  Albert Museum

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1964, '67, '69, '72,& '75 Arthur Tooth & Sons, London 

1973 Galleria Vaccarino, Florence 

1976 Galerie Burg Diesdonk, Dusseldorf

1978 Waddington & Tooth Galleries, London 

Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey

1979 Waddington & Tooth Galleries, Montreal and Toronto

Hokin Gallery Inc., Chicago 

1980 Rochdale Art Gallery

1981 & '83 Waddington Galleries, London 

1984 Serpentine Gallery (South Gallery), London 

1985, '88, '89, '91, '93, '99 & 2002 The Piccadilly Gallery, London

1986 Serpentine Gallery, London, and touring to:

The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Polythechnic Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 

1992 The Gardener Centre (Gallery & Studio), University of Sussex

1993 Barbican Centre, London, and touring to: 

Victoria Gallery, Bath; City Art Gallery, Plymouth; Newport Museum & Art Gallery;

Mappin Galley, Sheffield; Hatton Gallery, Sheffield, and Royal Botanic Gallery, Edinborough

1994 Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex 

1999 & 2009 Royal Academy, London 

Dartington Hall Gallery, Devon 

2008 Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2012 Pallant House Gallery (memorial exhibition), Chichester 

2017 Hall Place and Gardens (retrospective curated by Artwise), Bexley

2018 & '21 Frestonian Gallery, London 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

1955  Summer Exhibition, Redfern Gallery, London 

1955 & '60 Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries, London

1961 The British School at Rome, Commonwelth Insitute, London

1962, '63 & '64 St Pancras Artists, London

1965 British Painters, Arthur Tooth & Sons,

London Pop and Op, Modern British Painting, Geneva 

1966 New Graphics, Arts Council Gallery,

Cambridge Colour, Form and Texture, Arthur Tooth &

Sons, London

1967 How They Started, Oxford University

1968 25 Camden Artists, Swiss Cottage Library, London 

1969-70 John Moores Exhibition 7, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1970-80 The British Arts Show (selected by William Packer) (touring)

1970 & yearly until 2011 Summer Exhibition, RoyalAcademy, London 

Selection from the Royal Academy, Art Exhibition Bureau (touring) 

1973 Landscape, Serpentine, Gallery, London

Critic's Choice (selected by William Varley),

Gulbenkian Gallery and Florence Biennale

1974 John Moores Exhibition 9, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

 British Painting, Hayward Gallery, London

1975 The English Landscape, Usher Gallery, Lincoln 

National Art Exhibition, Chichester 

1976 The Human Clay (selected by R.B Kitaj), Hayward Gallery, London

1977 1st Tolly Cobbold, Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge 

1978 English Realism, Waddington Galleries, Montreal

1979 The Camden Scene - 18th C to the present day, Camden Arts Centre, London

2nd Tolly Cobbold, Fitwilliam Museum, Cambridge 

1980 John Moores Exhibition 12, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1981-1 Israel Observed (elected by Helene Marks), Israel Museum, Jerusalem 

The Spirit of London, Royal Festival Hall and The Stock Exchange, London

1981 3rd Tolly Cobbold, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 

Contemporary Artists in Camden, Camden Arts Centre, London 

1982 Aspects of British Art Today (British Council Exhibition), Tokyo Metropollian Art Museum and touring Japan

British Drawing, Hayward Gallery, London, and Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Presences of Nature (selected by Neil Hanson), Carlise Museum & Art Gallery

Enter the Garden, Ellingham Mill Art Society Gallery, Suffolk

Sainsbury's Images for Today, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffiled 

Small works, Polytechnic Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 

1982-3 John Moores Exhibition 13, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1983 The Granada Collection, Withworth Art Gallery, Manchester 

Group VI, Waddington Galleries, London 

New Landscape Paintings (selected by Andy Ashton), Bury Art Gallery 

53-83- Three Decades of Artists from Inner London Art Schools, Royal Academy of Arts,London 

The Artist's London,  Gillian Jason Gallery, London

1984 The Hard-Won Image, Tate, London

A View from my Window, Angela Flowers Gallery, London

1985 John Moores Exhibition 14, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Summer in the City (selected by Antonia Payne), Ikon Gallery, Birmignham

British Artists in Italy, 1920-80, The Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury College 

Printmaking Department RCA, Rijksakademie, Stadhouderskade, Amsterdam

1986 Art in the Home, Arts Council & Liberty, Earls Court, London

Finest Prospects, Three Historic Houses, English Heritage, Kenwood, London

Contemporary British and Malaysian Art 1986, National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; National 

Gallery, Bangkok; Hong Kong Arts Centre and The National Gallery, Singapore 

1987 John Moores Exhibition 15, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 

Athena Art Awards 1987, Barbican Centre, London

Knowing Your Place, The London Ecology Centre 

Landscapes, Castfield Gallery, Manchester 

Introducing with Pleasure - Star Choices from the Arts Council Collection, Gardner Art

Centre, University of Sussex, and touring 

Small Is Beautiful, Angela Flowers Gallery, London

Land, Sea, Air, The Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury Collge and touring 

The Long Perspective, National Trust Foundation for Art, Thomas Agnew & Sons, London

1988 Exhibition Road - Painters at the Royal Collegeof Art (150th Anniversary of the RCA), London

Reflections, CCA Galleries, London

Kew - The British Garden, CCA Galleries, London

Mother and Child, The Lefevre Gallery, London

Sunday Times Watercolour Competetion, The Mall Galleries, London

Artists in National Parks, Victoria & Albert Museum and touring 

Stormstruck, The National Trust Foundation for Art at Petworth House 

1989 The Tree of Life, South Bank Exhibition Centre, London, and Cornerhuse, Manchester 

Within These Shores, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

The Royal College, Galerie zur Alten Duetschen Schule, Thun, Switzerland

Images of Paradise, Harewood House, Yorkshire, and Christie's, London

1990 London's Pride, The Museum of London 

3 Ways - Contemporary British Painting, The British Council, touring to Hungary, Poland,

Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and across Africa 

9 Contempoary Painters (selected by Andrew Lambirth), Bristol Art Gallery 

Nicholas & Andrei Tooth Memorial Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London

Tribute to Peter Fuller, Beaux Arts, Bath

The Forces of Nature, Manchester City ArtGallery and Harris Museum and Art

Gallery, Preston 

The Tree, Chris Beetles Gallery, London

RSPB Fine Arts, RSPB at Hastings and Bonhams, London

1991 Hortus Cambrensis, National Trust Art Foundation at Erddig, Clwyd

Cabinet Paintings, Gillian Jason Gallery, London

1992 Contemporary Colourists' Gallery 10, London and Flying Colours, Edinburgh

The Celebrated City, Barbican Centre, London

The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

1993 Moving into view, Arts Council Collection at the South Bank Centre, London 

Innovation and Tradition; Recent Painting in Britain, Tate, London

The Sussex Scene, Hove and Eastbourne Art Galleries

John Moores Exhibition 18, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Summer Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 

 Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London (and in '94 and '95)

1994 Here and Now, Serpentine Gallery, London 

The Peter Greenham Memorial Exhibition, Christie's London

The Garden Party, Shire Hall Gallery, Stratford 

1995 Centenary, The National Trust's Foundation for Art at Christie's, London

Works on Paper by Royal Academicians, Coram Gallery, London, and New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey

Alive! - Brighton since the 60s, University of Brighton Gallery

1996 From Place to Place, Barbican Centre, London

Woven Image, Barbican Centre, London, and touring 

New Paintings, British Airways at Heathrow, London

1997-8 The Subjects of Art, Lothbury Gallery, London

1998 Eye Contact, The Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne 

Landscapes of England, Royal Academy, London

Portraits of Places, Lothbury Gallery, London

Painter Progress - The RCA Collection, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Gardens,

A.T. Kearney's of Berkeley Square, London

1999 Brighton Up!, Brewery Arts, Cirencester, and the Black Swan Guild, Somerset

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester

The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

2000 The Guildhall Art Gallery Collection, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Pastel Painting and Drawing 1898-2000, Mall Galleries, London

Order and Event - Landscape Now, Space Gallery, London

2001 Royal Watercolour Society Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London 

Real Encounters, South Eastern Arts, Hastings Pier Gallery

2003 The View, Waterstones, London

2004 Art of the Garden, Tate, London 

2005 Visual Wit, Royal Academy (Friends Room and galleries ), London

2012 Critic's Choice (selected by Andrew Lambirth), Browse& Darby, London

2017 The Luminous Language, Frestonian Gallery, London

2018 Year One, Frestonian Gallery, London

2020 The Green Fuse, Frestonian Gallery, London