The Royal Academy of Arts
presents an exhibition of works by Royal Academician, Adrian Berg on the occasion of the artists 80th birthday. The exhibition will feature a group of panoramic watercolours painted primarily during the 1980s and the 1990s. Bergs subject matters include various locations from the Lake District and Kew Gardens in the UK to The Alcazar in Seville, Spain.
Berg says of his early encounters with drawing: Panoramic drawing was something I learnt training as a national serviceman. It was 1948, just after the war. I was still in my teens. We were taken out into the country, sat down, and told that the enemy was lined up behind what we were facing. Our job was to penetrate the camouflage with pencil and paper - to indicate possible gun emplacements.
Adrian Berg first studied medicine, then English at Cambridge University from 1949 to 1952 and subsequently took a higher diploma in Education at Trinity College, Dublin. After a short spell of teaching, he studied at St Martins, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1961. He returned to the Royal College of Art as senior tutor from 1987 to 1988. During his time at St. Martins, Berg was commissioned to paint water colours for the National Trust in 1995.
His work is held in many collections, including The British Council, The British Museum, The Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Adrian Berg was elected as a painter RA in April 1992.