Ray Berger - Fine Artist
Ray Berger (Thornton Hil) was born in London in 1937 and studied Fine Art and Theatre Design at the CentralSchool of Arts, from where he graduated in 1962.
He found work initially with Associated Rediffusion, one of the early ITV franchises from the days when television companies were described as having a licence to print money. Subsequently he worked for the BBC for some years and then for other TV companies as an Art Director, as well as in Films and the Theatre, where he created settings for an opera company called Opera da Camera specialising in early and less well known operatic material. His credits for the BBC include World of Wooster, The Frost Report, Petula Clark show, Lovely in Black and many other shows, both drama and documentary. Later he was freelance and worked in Holland for NOS, France, and Ireland, for Radio Telefis Eireanne. After a spell in Leeds, working for Yorkshire Television and with a young family he relocated to Devon in 1974 where he taught Film and Film History at Exeter College of Art & Design. He gave up teaching in 1989 and had a Production Company called Pierrot Productions for some years. After a serious illness in 1997 he decided to concentrate on his own work and now works full time as a Fine Artist and Writer. He has had several shows in the South West and has also had work on show in London).
He describes his work as “active collage.” He doesn’t paint beach scenes with parasols or Dartmoor ponies but on the whole relies on his imagination to tell stories in paint. Paintings of his are in private collections in this country and abroad.
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