Storytelling Through Abstract Art Panel with Clara Berta

A storytelling through art panel discussion with Abstract Artists, “The Narrative Behind the Image,”  at “The Summer Fantasy” exhibit featuring Scott Forrest, Terrell Moore, Suzan Woodruff and Clara Berta at the DTLA Terrell Moore Gallery took place Sunday, August 18th 4-6 p.m.

The discussion, moderated by Curator Dale Youngman, engaged four contemporary abstract artists, including this month’s featured artist in the exhibit, Scott Forrest. Other panelists include Artist and Gallery Owner Terrell Moore, and Abstract Painters Clara Berta and Suzan Woodruff.

The conversation centered on the narrative and meaning behind contemporary abstract art, as painters discussed storytelling through their art. Ever looked at a painting and wondered what it meant? Listen to the video and learn how an artist conveys messages and the meaning of their work through abstraction and a myriad of techniques in the absence of imagery.

“A Summer Fantasy” is the first major exhibition by Los Angeles artist Scott Forrest, with new works from renowned metal sculptor Leon Leigh) at the Terrell Moore Gallery, for the month of August. Located at 1601 South Hope Street LA, CA 90015

Following several successful group shows, Scott has completed some exciting new large-scale work, which is best described as “Exuberant” – in color, depth, and emotion. It is joyful and luscious, in bold cheery colors, often touched with metallics, in carefully built-up layers with a textural depth inherent in each piece. Sweeping brush strokes and a deftly-worked palette knife are utilized to create a sense of movement, a purpose, or perhaps, a tranquil meditation of monochromatic color. Influenced by his extensive travel as a talk-show host and correspondent), Scott’s work exudes a sense of tropical splendor. Exploring exotic and remote locations, he has experienced many diverse cultures, which is evident in his color combinations, sensual textures, and materials.

About Clara Berta – Abstract Artist

Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning abstract artist of Hungarian heritage. Her dynamic, highly textural abstract paintings have been exhibited in the United States and collected worldwide.

Clara began her life in a culturally rich Hungarian enclave in Romania, but her world changed completely when she moved to the bustling city of Chicago at age eleven. Another significant change happened in 1987 when she moved to California. It was while she was getting her BA in Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, she discovered her love of painting.

Art was simply a creative outlet which was set aside after she married. But in 2003 the passion came back after Clara lost her husband. Grieving, she returned to painting as a form of therapy. The experience was so healing and rewarding that Clara dedicated herself to art full-time.

In 2008 she studied advanced composition and technique at the Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. Her early works were mixed media, often incorporating mementos from her travels or found objects. After finding gallery representation in 2011, she shifted her style to larger, more abstract works with more layers, textures, and depth. As Clara became more prolific, she needed a larger space and in 2015 she opened BertaArt Studio Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, now a popular stop on the Downtown LA Art Walk.

In 2016 she was honored with a 3rd place award at the “Made In California” exhibit at the City of Brea Municipal Gallery, where her piece Awakening was featured on the cover of the Brea catalog. Awakening was the start of Clara’s Flow series, which incorporated a new technique of pouring paint in a series of layers across the canvas and allowing it to flow, resulting in bold and intriguing shapes with a strong emotional impact.

In addition to exhibits across the US, Clara’s work has been featured in film and television including Bravos’ Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Disney’s You Again, Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, ABC’s The Catch, and the indie TV film Broken Links. Her art has also been seen in LA Weekly, Singular Magazine, Culture Trip, Downtown News and other publications.

About Suzan Woodruff – Abstract Artist

“Suzan Woodruff was born in Phoenix, AZ. From an early age, she began exploring the desert, immersing herself in endless spaces and spectacular natural vistas that would later become essential to her art. She was raised by her gold-prospector grandparents who taught her how to “read” rocks and by her mother, who lived a distinctly Arizona-bohemian lifestyle. She remains an avid hiker, biker, boogie boarder and reader of rocks as well as books. Woodruff received an art scholarship to attend Arizona State University. She soon began exhibiting her work and left Arizona for Los Angeles and New York. Currently, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband Bruce Bauman and their two dogs.”

About Scott Forrest – Abstract Artist

“I was born in San Francisco and journeyed to Los Angeles at Seventeen to pursue my passion for the arts.  I like to use color and unique materials to create what I call texturalist art.  I’m influenced by everything around me, especially when traveling to exotic and remote destinations where I can soak up the local culture.  On one of my travels I encountered the ancient Japanese technique of Ink Painting, a bold sweeping style which is evident in my work today.  The immediate satisfaction I receive with the one-brush style is that of “the point of no return”. You need to trust your initial thought with that swipe of color, it’s just so honest and pure. And my minimalist side is easily remembered by the beautiful atolls deep in the South Pacific where the cobalt blues, dripping greens, electric tangerines and bouncing golds are always unforgettable.  And thinking about the icy whites of the Sierra Nevada have kept me mesmerized.

My political art has graced the pages of Rolling Stone, Newsweek and Spin Magazine and is now within the permanent collection of The Museum Of Tolerance in Los Angeles.”


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