Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Grant Berg, ASA


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Untitled 1, Grant Berg

Biography

Born in Edmonton and raised in Tofield Alberta, I have always known deep inside of me that I needed to explore art. I would spend hours every weekend drawing on paper and carving wood. At my Grandma’s place, also in Tofield, we would create wonderful Canadian scenes on driftwood, with a tree and a variety of wildlife. She would take those scenes and sell them to supplement her retirement income. I spent countless hours with her as she did beadwork and crocheted and made wonderful crafts from recycled items. It was wonderful growing up in her energy, she had the most beautiful spirit. I believe much of that spirit lives in me.

My greatest passions and pursuits are art and music. My current day job is General Manager of a radio station in Grande Prairie and have been in broadcasting for 29 years. In May I am opening up a commercial art gallery in Grande Prairie and leaving broadcasting. It will be Grande Prairie’s only commercial gallery and I am actively exploring artists to carry their work.

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Untitled 2, Grant Berg

I have been very active in the artistic community not only in Grande Prairie but across the province. I sat on the board of directors for the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and was the chairman during the construction/reconstruction period of this Class A gallery, which today is Alberta’s second largest public art gallery. I am also a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists and a onetime board member. I recently completed two consecutive two year terms on The Premier’s Council for Culture. The goal from the start has been to advance my small scale sculpture to public sculpture. I have been active in exhibitions through the region and through the province as a member of the ASA.

I am married and the father of two young adult children. Grande Prairie has been my home for 25 years. I have a sculpture studio in my yard and sell my sculptures through Edge Gallery in Canmore/Calgary and very soon at Grant Berg Gallery in Grande Prairie.

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Untitled 3, Grant Berg

Q&A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Grant: We are the sum of our influences. For me my greatest influence in my early development was my Grandma. She was Cree and everything she did was, at least in my eyes, artful and spiritual. I grew up very near her and how she lived and carried herself were deeply influential. Being of mixed race, I take great pride in all of my genetic lines and draw from my Cree roots and artistry, plus I have great love for Lawren Harris and Emily Carr. I am also drawn to the sculptural lines of Alberta’s own Douglas Cardinal, his sculptural buildings are not only stunningly beautiful but powerful as well. In my practice today I am directly influenced by Douglas Coupland RCA. For a number of years Doug has been mentoring me and providing artistic direction, for someone with the reputation and experience that Doug has, I couldn’t be more grateful.

 

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