Contemporary Art

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LOT 16

Lot 16

RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014)

RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014)
Lot 16 Details
RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014), Canadian


mixed media on paper
signed and dated; titled and dated in pencil to margin
5.5 x 6 in — 14 x 15.2 cm

Estimate $1,200-$1,500

Realised: $1,080
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014)
  • RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014)
  • RACHEL BERMAN (1946-2014)

Ingram Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario


Rachel Berman is a painter and children’s book illustrator who has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, and Ireland. Her work is primarily focused on portraiture delivered intimately: figures in anonymous rooms, workers on the job, bored groups in waiting rooms or at the kitchen table - often posed to confront the viewer as if in conversation. The mysterious figures are perhaps a reflection of her own uneasy identity (she was raised by foster parents as Susan King, before discovering her birth parents at the age of 52 and cheerfully re-claiming her lost identity). In her street scenes, the viewer is more withdrawn, peopled by figures preoccupied with their own lives. They are vibrant, bright vignettes, bustling along with a frail energy. Berman’s practice is a poignant exploration of the breadth of lived experience.


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LOT 16

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
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