Smoke and Light
This oil painting depicts a pair of intertwined, seated figures. A woman with her face partially out of frame sits with her knees up and her back arched; sitting between the woman's legs is a second figure who has their back to the viewer. The composition depicts a quiet moment of intimacy and anticipation shared with the viewer. The woman is topless and wearing pantyhose, while the second figure is naked from the waist down with their arms raised as they pull off their shirt.
Laura Berger creates sensuous paintings centered around themes of interdependence and self-understanding. This work uses intuitive color palettes and dreamlike minimalistic environments to depict archetypal figures and their interactions. The artist's work articulates experiences and memories that feel just out of reach—perhaps existing on a more spiritual or emotional plane.
Laura Berger’s sensuous paintings explore themes of interdependence and self-understanding. The artist’s compositions feature figurative archetypes, intuitive color palettes and dreamlike minimalistic environments. Initially approaching painting as a therapeutic practice, Berger’s work articulates experiences and memories that feel just out of reach—perhaps existing on a more spiritual or emotional plane.
Laura Berger was a 2021 recipient of the Hopper Prize, juried by Maria Elena Ortiz (Curator, Perez Art Museum Miami) and Shelby Nimrod (Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center).
Solo exhibitions of Berger’s have taken place at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City (2020) and Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco (2018).
Group exhibitions that have shown Berger’s work include: LUSH at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City (2022); Los Angeles Inaugural at Hashimoto Contemporary in Los Angeles, California (2021); Drawn Together at Unit London in London, UK (2020); Pop & Street at Hidden Champion in Tokyo, Japan (2018); Shaping The Future at Kallenbach Gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2017); One Year Anniversary at Athen B Gallery in Oakland, California (2016); and Small Works: More Or Less at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York City (2016).
Berger's work has been covered in New American Paintings (2021), Juxtapoz Magazine (2020), and Harper's Bazaar (2018). The artist has worked with The New York Times, Vans, The Ace Hotel, InStyle Magazine, Marie Claire, Etsy, Bitch Magazine and Cuyana.
Berger lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.