Light in the Darkness: Remembering Painter Jake Berthot
Early in his career Berthot was one of a few artists who bridged the gap between an earlier generation of explained shortly before his death. “If I’m concerned with presence, I build a shape with a different intention than if I’m concerned with gaze.” He built
In the 1980s and ’90s he went through a period of brighter abstraction that included gestural imagery and references to earlier modernist art. His 1991 painting Red Point (Form for Brancusi) is an homage to the famed cubist sculptor
In 1996, Berthot moved to upstate New York and gradually the atmospheric depth of his minimal work began to coalesce into recognizable references to the natural world, including intense attention to light, foreshadowed in his earlier work.
Throughout his life, Berthot strived to show the inexpressible—in