Tony Berlant has been creating his vivid metal collages since the early 1960s. Having been called “a painter who works with metal (and/or) a sculptor who creates with color, mark, and line. . .”, Berlant combines a lyrical intensity with a fascination of surface. Metal TV trays, cookie tins, wastebaskets, etc., are cut up and transformed by Berlant into a complex palette from which color and pattern are selected as he “paints” his visions. Using steel brads to hold down the metal fragments, Berlant juxtaposes figuration with abstraction in quilt- like patterned compositions.
Image Courtesy of Michael Childers