Greta Berlin was born and brought up in and around St Ives during the 40’s and 50’s. She was inspired by Bernard Leach, potter and philosopher, and by her father, the sculptor Sven Berlin. Watching them for hours she saw their work formed under their hands: one the sensual pot on the wheel, the other carving away, bit by bit, to reveal the image. After years of travel with a young family, GB settled in the New Forest to teach ceramics for the next 20 years. Making and showing ceramic sculpture since ‘74, her development took her into stone carving and welded steel structures. The latter gave her the freedom to work on a larger scale. In ’92 she moved to West Dorset where she enjoys the space and big skies of her beloved West Country. In her sculpture she reflects the dichotomy of our inner lives; a woman needing a creative life, maybe, yet fearing her ability to give her children all they need as well. The anomalies of the world around us; The ‘have and have-nots’. The innocent victims of conflict. And, in a lighter mood, the exuberance of a youth on a skateboard.So far, in painting, it is about colour. Putting colours together that shimmer with energy. Her strengths lie with the figure, which she has drawn and sculpted for more than 40 years. Though, in two dimensions she also has the journey into landscape and context. Greta Berlin has exhibited throughout England and has work in many public places and private collections.
2017 - 'Skateboarder' Lyme Regis Sculpture Trail.
2016 - 'Creatures Weird and Wonderful' Durlston Castle. Swanage. With daughter painter Zennor Box
2016 - 'Lost Identity' Lyme Regis sculpture trail.
2015 - 'Pod' Lyme Regis sculpture Trail
2014/17 - 'Lake Side' 13 sculptures at Broomhill Art Hotel Barnstaple
2014 - 'Cycles of Life and Death' Bridport Art Centre. Retrospective with Father Sven Berlin, Painter and daughter Zennor Box, Painter
2012 - Open Studio event celebrating artists '3 score years and ten'
2011 - 'Sculpture through her Ages' Retrospective. Mill, Lyme Regis.
2010 - 'Woman.' Breast cancer Life touring exhibition.
2010 - 'Dreaming.' Town Mill Plinth, Lyme Regis. Autumn placement.
2010 - ManChild' sited in the ruins of St Gabriels Chaple, Golden Cap during the performance, by movement artist, Sandra Reeve, of 'Absence
Autumn 2008 - River Lym, The Town Mill, LymeFest.
Autumn 2008 - St Michaels Church, LymeFest
Autumn 2008 - Study Gallery Wessex Drawing Exhibition.
Spirng 2008 - Study Gallery Trig Point Exhibition.
2007 - Prize winner, Millfield open 2007
2007 - 2007 - Collaboration with colleague for her PhD perfomance at Exeter University with a series called 'Soul-Suckers'.
2002-2004 - 2002-2004 - 'Embrace'. Bournemouth University Campus. as part of Art Loan Scheme. 12feet high. Steel/plaster, for casting.
2001 - THE AXMINSTER ARTS six months placement of Mesh sculptures on disused platform of Axminster Railway station.
2001 - WHITE H'ART CLUB Falmouth. One man retrospective. Paintings, drawings and sculptures.
2001 - BROOMHILL ART HOTEL. One man. Painting, drawings, sculpture
2001 - BROOMHILL SCULPTURE PARK, (paintings, drawing, & sculptur)
2000 - AXMINSTER ARTS FESTIVAL THE MILL , Lym Regis, UK BROOMHILL SCULPTURE PARK - 2yr placement of 15ft sculpture of "Shoe"
1999 - ARTSWAY GALLERY, New Forest, Dorset, England BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE, Bridport, Dorset, England MELBOURNE ARTS CLUB, Melbourne, Australia
1998 - ALLEN GALLERY, Alton, Hampshire, England REDHOUSE MUSEUM, Hampshire, England BROOMHILL SCULPTURE PARK, Devon, England CLOYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Cloyton, Devon, England
1997 - AFRICA '97, International Touring Exhibition, Holand, Africa GARDEN GALLERY, Stockbridge, Hampshire, England BROOMHILL SCULPTURE PARK, Devon, England
1996 - GARDEN GALLERY, Stockbridge, Hampshire, England SYMONDSBURY GALLERY, Bridport, Dorset, England OPEN STUDIO, Dorset Art Week, Bridport, Dorset, England
Other previous Exhibitions
GROSVENOR GALLERY, Bridport, Dorset, England
GARDEN GALLERY, Stockbridge, Hampshire, England
DEANS COURT, Wimborne, Dorset, England
SYMONDSBURY GALLERY, Bridport, Dorset, England
BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE, Bridport, Dorset, England
ABBOTSBURY STUDIO GALLERY, Abbotsbury, Dorset, England
OPEN STUDIO, Dorset Arts Week
GORDON HEPWORTH, Exeter, Devon, England
ALTON MUSEUM, Alton, Hampshire, England
REDHOUSE MUSEUM, Christchurch, Hampshire, England
EASTLEIGH MUSEUM, Hampshire, England
EYE GALLERY, Bristol, England
BRISTOL CATHEDRAL, Bristol, England
TURNER GALLERY, Rickmansworth, London, England
PENTONVILLE GALLERY, Camden, London, England
ECCLESTON SQUARE, London, England
PENWITH, St. Ives, England
SALT HOUSE, St. Ives, England
WINDOW GALLERY, Brighton, England
BRIGHTON POLYTECHNIC, Brighton, England
POOLE ART CENTRE, Dorset, England
THORNHILL GALLERY, Parkstone, Bournemouth, England
UNDERGROUND GALLERY, Bath, England
QUAY ARTS CENTRE, Isle of Wight, England
2010 - Axminster Twinning Association, Devon, commissioned ‘Moon Birds.’ 3 Galvanized steel mobile sculptures as a gift to their twin town, to be placed in Axminster Square, Douvre, France.
2008 - Factory Women' 9feet high. Broomhill Sculpture Park. Large, decorative, cut-out steel plate, porch brackets. Private Collection.
2007 - 'Factory Women' sold to private collector
2005 - Shortlisted, to 3, for 'Shirt Factory Working-Women of Derry, Northern Ireland' celebratory Sculpture Project.
2004 - Sidmouth Fiddler. Life-size bronze. Commissioned by Rev.Canon David Slater. To celebrate 50 years of Sidmouth international Folk Festival. Unveiled by Martin Carthy MBE. Placed in Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, Devon.
2001 - "Skateboarder." Bronze. 6ft. Wimbourne Minster. Commissioned by Sculpture in the garden.
1999 - WOLFWOMAN, welded steel sculpture, 10ft, in private collection Melbourne, Australia. EMIGRANT I, EMIGRANT II, 6ft cut and welded steel, in the collection of Melbourne Arts Club, Australia.
1997 - SKATEBOARDER, fibre glass sculpture, 6ft, in private collection, England.
1996 - "SPACE BETWEEN", carved alabaster, 30", in private collection Winchester, England.
1996 - "MUSICIAN BIRDMAN", CD album cover.
1994 - MEMORIAL STONES, J. King, Architect, New Forest, England.
1993 - HENRY FOX TALBOT, bronze civic sculpture, 7ft, commissioned by Timberlaine, Chippenham, England. HENRY FOX TALBOT, bronze maquette, commissioned for Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, England. BIRDMAN, soapstone sculpture, in collection of Hampshire County Council, Hampshire, England.
1992 - MAX WALL, bronze resin maquette, in collection of Theatre Museum, Covent Garden, London, England and V&A collection.
1991 - CHARLES DE GAULLE, maquette, commissioned by Lady Mary Soames in conjunction with the Hayward Gallery, London, England.
1990 - LORD DENNING, bronze portrait bust, Judges Gallery, Winchester Law Courts, England. Commissioned and filmed by BBC TV South.
1989 - LORD MOUNTBATTEN, bronze civic sculpture, 9ft, commissioned by Timberlaine, Grosvenor Square, Southampton, England. LORD MOUNTBATTEN, bronze bust, 30", commissioned by Timberlaine, Mountbatten House, Grosvenor Square, Southampton, England. LORD MOUNTBATTEN, bronze maquette in the collections of: Countess Mountbatten, Lady Pamela Hicks, Lord Romsey, Southampton City Council, Pentagon Design and Construction, England. MASK PORTRAIT, Managing Director of Pentagon Design and Construction, England. Other private commissions in Vienna, Kenya, Australia, Thailand, USA, London.
Selected publications of images and/or text
2016 - Catalogue. Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation CIC. Muddiford Rd, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 4EX
2014 - August 29th. St Ives Times & Echo
2014 - August. Marshwood Vale
2012 - '70: a comma' In celebration of the work of Greta Berlin by Andrew Carey. http:/www.blurb.co.uk/bookstore/detail.3448423
2013 - August 22nd. Bridport News & Echo
2013 - August 24th. Lyme Regis News
2013 - September 28th. Bridport News & Echo
2011 - Febuary 11th. Bridport News & Echo
2010 - October 8TH. St Ives Times & Echo
2010 - November 3rd. Bridport News & Echo
2010 - 'Portrait of the Artist.’ Photographs, George Wright. Writer, Lu Orza. In collaboration with Kit Glazer.
2010 - St Ives Times. October.
2010 - Bridport News. November
2007 - 2007 24th August Evening Standard London.
2007 - October. Muse Arts Magazine, Bournemouth.
2006 - April. Marshwood Vale Magazine. Dorset.
2005 - August - Romsey & District Society. Hampshire.
2005 - Summer. - Art in Devon Magazine.
2005 - Winter. - Folk on Tap. National.
2004 - 27th Febuary. - Bridport News & Echo. Dorset.
St Ives Times & Echo. Cornwall. - St Ives Times & Echo. Cornwall.
2004 - Sidmouth Herald. Devon.
2004 - Devon Life Magazine.
2002 - August. - Marshwood Vale Magazine. Dorset.
2001 - 17th Febuary - Independent. National.
2002 - 18th January - Bridport News & Echo. Dorset.
1999 - 10th March - The Age (Australia) Victoria.
1997 - 3rd October. St Ives Times & Echo. Cornwall.