Michael Bergt drawing

Michael Bergt has worked primarily in egg tempera for over thirty years. He co-founded The Society of Tempera Painters and served as the organization’s president for twelve years. Working primarily with the human figure, Michael’s paintings refer to a range of interests, including classical myths, sensuality, the human condition, and topical events. He is represented by Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

MICHAEL BERGT PAINTINGS in WES ANDERSON’s movie ASTEROID CITY

The three egg tempera paintings appear early in the movie in a B/W scene with Edward Norton, (Playwright) and Jason Schwartzman, (actor).

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GRAND OPENING | NÜART GALLERY | Santa Monica, CA In Principio

MARCH 2 – 30, 2024

2525 Michigan Ave #B4
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Nuart Gallery Santa Monica California

ROME WORKSHOP

JULY 1 – JULY 12, 2024

Art from 8th Century BC to today will greet you in Rome! In this workshop, I will share traditional techniques of preparing and working on toned paper, how to work up preliminary tonal drawings and transferring those drawings to a true, rabbit skin/chalk panel, how to make egg tempera from scratch, and build up the jewel-like surface, and, for those interested, applying gold leaf using water gilding.

egg tempera art workshop in Rome with Michael Bergt

BEAUTIFUL BIZZARE MAGAZINE features MICHAEL BERGT

In Issue 42 of this leading publication for contemporary art lovers, featuring in-depth interviews and profiles of well-established and emerging visual and wearable artists from around the world.

Michael Bergt article in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine issue 42
Signature Award Michael Bergt

Immortal Coils: The Art of Michael Bergt

PASATIEMPO, November 20, 2020 by Michael Abatemarco

A winged female figure emerges, newly born, from a chrysalis. She clings desperately to the exterior of her wormlike shell, unwilling to let go. Rendered mostly in black and white, Michael Bergt’s ink drawing Chrysalis V does have some color: the figure’s gold-leafed wings. Except for that, it appears unfinished, echoing the figure’s reluctance to fully embrace what she’s become. Bergt is depicting a moment in flux. The figure is at the precipice of a crucial event: the moment when she learns that instead of falling, she can fly.

Michael Bergt in Pasatiempo 20 Nov 2020

BOOK FEATURING WORK OF MICHAEL BERGT

Michael Bergt is the featured artist in the latest book in the Imaginaire series published by Fantasmus. Each volume in the series presents internationally known artists working in contemporary realism…with a twist. Other artists in this volume include Michael Hiep, David Bowers, Severine Pineaux, Claus Brusen, Peter Swift, Gabriele Esau and others.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY 2018 BP PORTRAIT AWARD LONDON

MICHAEL BERGT SELECTED AS ONE OF 8 ARTISTS TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world, representing the pinnacle of global artists who are creating contemporary portraiture. With a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop this aspect of their work.

The BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibition was on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England from 14 June to 23 September 2018. It is in its fortieth year at the National Portrait Gallery, and continues to be a must see highlight of the annual global art calendar.

Southwest Contemporary Interview with Michael Bergt

“Michael Bergt has been in deep dialogue with art history over the course of his more than thirty-year career. Working across drawing, sculpture, and primarily egg tempera painting, Bergt has engaged art’s long history of grappling with representational and abstract sensibilities. Inspired by early Renaissance classical mythology, and other diverse religious and spiritual imagery, his artwork represents his own play with expression and interpretation of the contemporary human condition. While grounded in these art historical and visual traditions, Bergt also profoundly breaks from these as he creates his own cast of mythic characters. with their own poetic inclinations and relationships informed by modern dialogues around pressing topics such as gender and sexuality.”