(B. 1937 , Los Angeles, CA.)
In his early assemblages, Ed Bereal brings together elements from an American context with foreign and insidious symbols in a prodigious critique of the country’s foreign policy and social development. In American Beauty from 1965, a withering tree is shown growing from a cracked foundation, painted over with the Iron Cross and a swastika with obvious attributes of the star-spangled banner. Having been personally involved in the Watts riots of 1965–66, Bereal chose to distance himself for a while from the art world. Since 1968, Ed Bereal has been actively engaged in teaching art at several universities, but in 2007 resigned his position as Professor Emeritus at Western Washington University to devote himself exclusively to his artistic career.
1959–1962 Chouinard Art Institute; 1962–1968 Private studies under John Chamberlain; John Altoon; Peter Volkos
First group show:
1961 Huysman Gallery, L.A.
2004 Elisabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; 2006 Pompidou, Paris; 2006 Roberts & Tilton Gallery, New York.Ed Bereal