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Ernest Berke


Three Legged One
, Bronze, 30.4" ©
 

When the New York Times reviewed Ernest Berke's work, it was met with great interest, and he terminated his job to devote himself to his painting. His devotion to the West covers over four decades, completing more that 2500 paintings and nearly 80 sculptures, five of which are life-size. He has portrayed the North American Indian with considerable accuracy and sensitivity, having lived with the Northern Shoshone Indian tribe in Blackfoot, Idaho.

He is the only Western artist to have been accepted to appear in the in New York, and has been featured in American Artist, Sothebys, and Southwest Art. He has had studios in Long Island and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has written and illustrated two books on the American frontier and on Indians, both commissioned by Doubleday.

Berke spends his summers in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he erected a 12-foot by 18-foot bronze sculpture titled The Buffalo Hunt. His winters are usually spent in New York City.

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