Sven Berlin Exhibitions

A selection of exhibitions of Sven Berlin's work during his lifetime and after his death in 1999.


Sven Berlin in his workshop. Photo by John Paddy Browne

From top left:

  1. The invitation to the Bladon Gallery (Hurstbourne Tarrant) exhibition in 1956 with Berlin's additional note that Lord Moyne attended.

  2. Opening night at the 2011 Centenary Celebration at St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery.

  3. Art critic, artist and writer Peter Davies opens Berlin's Dark Monarch envelope on his 100th birthday as the artist requested, revealing the identity of the characters in his infamous book.

  4. Alison Bevan, former director of Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance, celebrated Berlin's 101st birthday with his friend John Paddy Browne and daughter Greta Berlin. Photo: Phil Monkton.

  5. On show at St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in 2003, Berlin's alabaster head Timeless Man and on the wall, his flamboyant oil Gypsies Dancing.

  6. Berlin, pictured at his very first exhibition in Camborne, Cornwall in 1939.

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1939      May, Camborne Community Centre, Camborne, Cornwall

1946     January, St. Ives Society of Artists (STISA)

            September, Crypt Group, St. Ives;  Lefevre Gallery, London 

1947     May, Downing Bookshop, St. Ives  and STISA 

            August, Crypt Group, St. Ives

1947      August/September, The Leicester Galleries, London

                (Artists of Fame and of Promise)

            October/November, Mid-Day Galleries Manchester

            November, STISA travelling show, National Museum of Wales

1948      January  St. George’s Gallery, London

            May, Downing Bookshop, St. Ives. One man show

            July, Crypt Group show  

1949     Downing Bookshop,  St. Ives

1951       January/February Art and Craftsmen from around St. Ives, Heal’s Mansard Gallery

1954      Arthur Tooth & Sons Mayfair/London annual show - until 1959

1956     Bladon Gallery, Hurstbourne Tarrant

            Fox & Hounds, Lyndhurst, New Forest

1958     Mailman’s, Lyndhurst

1961     Aldine House (J.M. Dent), London

1965     June, Creative Art Patrons, London

1966     May/June, Bladon Gallery, Hurstbourne Tarrant

1967     Ogilvy & Mather, London

1968     Pace Gallery, Houston, Texas

1969     October, Hamwic Gallery, The Art Shop, Southampton

1969     Beaulieu Gallery (mixed show)

1970     Poole College Festival of Arts

1977      New Art Centre, London, Cornwall 1945-55 (mixed show)

1980    June/July, Higher Gaunts House, Wimborne

1981    November, Wimborne Bookshop 

1982     September, Wills Lane Gallery, St. Ives

1983    October, New Art Centre

1984     May, Liverpool International Garden Festival

1985    February/MarchTate Gallery, London, St. Ives 1939-64 and

            Michael Parkin Fine Art - Cornwall 1925-1975

1986     Yorkshire Sculpture Garden, Wakefield

1987/8  Roche Court, Salisbury

1989    November, Belgrave Gallery, London

1991     Deans Court, Wimborne

            Belgrave Gallery, London

1992     Belgrave Gallery, London

1992    Royal West of England Academy

1993    Deans Court, Wimborne

1994     April to October Tate St. Ives, Equivalents for the Megaliths

            The Book Gallery and Sims Gallery, St. Ives 

1995     Insight, Russell-Cotes, Bournemouth

1997     The Rime of the Ancient Mariner bicentenary, Grasmere, Cumbria

            Four Seasons Gallery, Wimborne (further annual shows followed)

Posthumous Exhibitions


2002    Hand & Eye, Study Gallery, Poole

2003    Paintings from Shave Green, St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington

2009    The Dark Monarch, Tate St. Ives

2011     Centenary Celebration, St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington

2012     Sven Berlin: Out of the Shadows, Penlee House Museum & Gallery, Penzance

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