Bert Beirne has been painting the still life for nearly three decades and is considered one of the important painters of the genre living today. Since receiving her BFA from the University of Cincinnati, Beirne’s work is most often compared to the Dutch and Flemish masters of the early Seventeenth Century; painters such as Kalf & Heda.
Working with only natural light from a northern exposure and using multiple layers of translucent oil glazes, Bert Beirne is able to create works of great depth and astonishing realism. The process is a slow and patient one, resulting in pictures of remarkable clarity and arresting beauty.
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Classical painting technique and traditional subjects meet in the distinctive, timeless oil paintings of Bert Beirne. Each work by this accomplished artist highlights her appreciation for the finest things in life; antique violins, elegant wine decanters and crystal glasses set amongst old books and sheet music, fruit and wine.
In style and technique her works are comparable to the still life paintings of the early seventeenth century Dutch masters such as Kalf and Heda., with the same striking naturalism and subtle hues built by layers of translucent glazes. She produces her paintings by stretching fine linen and applying three to five coats of primer. The successive layers of paint create rich colors with depth and luminosity. All her subjects are painted from life, using only natural light only and set against simple backgrounds so as to set off the objects presented.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Beirne received her BFA at the University of Cincinnati. She has lived in Georgia for over two decades now, developing and perfecting her approach to still life. Beirne’s oil paintings have won top awards in numerous regional and national shows. Her artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Japan. Bert Beirne has been painting the still life for over three decades and is considered one of the important painters of the genre living today. Her traditional approach is a slow and patient one, resulting in pictures of remarkable clarity and arresting beauty.