Shaun Berke is creating oil paintings of our future past.
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patrons

Thank you for pledging your support! Welcome to my studio!

Hidden in the heart of a labyrinth a few rooms are stacked with books and paintings––stories unfolding. Here encamped, I am in the pursuit of beauty; in studies of a timeless condition and unfettered nature. Ally yourself with this campaign to achieve something great, something lasting, something beautiful for our time here. Together we can write a future’s history where our abilities of perception and craftsmanship were not lost to an age besieged by a faith in nothing. Join me!

As an American painter, I have a fascination with the old world and so cultivated an academic connection to The Venetian School. I have studied with living masters in Norway and in Italy. I have travelled to Germany, France, and England to learn from the ghosts in museums. However, it is here in frontier country where we carry the torch! With your support, we light the way forward!

The pictures that I make are not for a season but for a century. They are slow paintings––anachronistic and figurative oil paintings of the Venetian School; depictions of classical beauty, comparative mythology, and continental philosophy; a continuum from Antiquity, the Renaissance, the Romantic; the study of ever-living fire.

Pledge your support and learn about a craft that has guided humankind from our earliest days and deepest roots. Pledge your support so that we might save our oldest surviving language from falling into obscurity and obsolescence. Painting began by the light of fire, in the hands of shaman; it grew and blazed to console the wisest of philosophers with its brilliance; it has guided all souls seeking what depths might be written on its surface. If we do not keep this flame it will go out. Pledge your support––that our children and theirs may know what we can achieve together. All is fire.
Rewards
Freemen and Maidens
$5 or more per month
[Posts] • Access to educational posts and exclusive insights into my practice. Gain knowledge from my experience and training with drawing and painting, materials and techniques.
Guildsmen and Artisans
$10 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] • Engage in a dialog to help your own practice along. Ask questions and learn about useful principles in drawing and painting, about technical solutions for Best Practices with materials.
Patricians and Merchants
$15 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] • Join in seasonal museum tours and annual exhibition previews where we delve into the meanings implicit and explicit in a given composition. Local to Pasadena, California.
Baron and Baroness
$25 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] • Come and visit my studio, in person or through the internet, to see paintings in development or for conversation, observation, and critique (one prescheduled studio visit per month).
Count and Countess
$35 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Prints] • Collect limited edition giclée prints every Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter (four exclusive prints per year at approximately 5 x 7" or 8 x 10" in dimension; archival, signed).
Golden Sage
$50 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Hourglass] • Gratitude for alms––a contribution toward painting sans the material incentive (this is a monthly donation only). The Sage is awarded the golden light of luck and fortune for making a gift of time.
Duke and Duchess
$75 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Drawings] • Collect an original drawing annually for investing in my endeavors for our culture (one drawing, signed, for every twelve months of pledging your support; the option for selecting a favorite will be offered; sizes may vary in equating value).
Archduke and Archduchess
$100 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Paintings] • Collect an original painting annually for becoming a pillar of our age (one painting, signed, for every twelve months of pledging your support; the option for selecting a favorite will be offered; sizes may vary in equating value).
King and Queen
$500 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Prints] [Commissions] • The great benefactors of history invested in painters and poets of the court and so cultivated a culture that we will never forget. A pledge of this order is the vision of potential that gave rise to some of the most beautiful works since Antiquity. Beyond the investment in our future, this pledge pays for quarterly commissions as specified by the patron; also meriting first choice of new works, all access aforementioned, and annual gifts sent for becoming a great patron of our time.
Goals
10 of 50 patrons
One month to focus on paintings and to share insights from the process!
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Thank you for pledging your support! Welcome to my studio!

Hidden in the heart of a labyrinth a few rooms are stacked with books and paintings––stories unfolding. Here encamped, I am in the pursuit of beauty; in studies of a timeless condition and unfettered nature. Ally yourself with this campaign to achieve something great, something lasting, something beautiful for our time here. Together we can write a future’s history where our abilities of perception and craftsmanship were not lost to an age besieged by a faith in nothing. Join me!

As an American painter, I have a fascination with the old world and so cultivated an academic connection to The Venetian School. I have studied with living masters in Norway and in Italy. I have travelled to Germany, France, and England to learn from the ghosts in museums. However, it is here in frontier country where we carry the torch! With your support, we light the way forward!

The pictures that I make are not for a season but for a century. They are slow paintings––anachronistic and figurative oil paintings of the Venetian School; depictions of classical beauty, comparative mythology, and continental philosophy; a continuum from Antiquity, the Renaissance, the Romantic; the study of ever-living fire.

Pledge your support and learn about a craft that has guided humankind from our earliest days and deepest roots. Pledge your support so that we might save our oldest surviving language from falling into obscurity and obsolescence. Painting began by the light of fire, in the hands of shaman; it grew and blazed to console the wisest of philosophers with its brilliance; it has guided all souls seeking what depths might be written on its surface. If we do not keep this flame it will go out. Pledge your support––that our children and theirs may know what we can achieve together. All is fire.

Recent posts by Shaun Berke

Rewards
Freemen and Maidens
$5 or more per month
[Posts] • Access to educational posts and exclusive insights into my practice. Gain knowledge from my experience and training with drawing and painting, materials and techniques.
Guildsmen and Artisans
$10 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] • Engage in a dialog to help your own practice along. Ask questions and learn about useful principles in drawing and painting, about technical solutions for Best Practices with materials.
Patricians and Merchants
$15 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] • Join in seasonal museum tours and annual exhibition previews where we delve into the meanings implicit and explicit in a given composition. Local to Pasadena, California.
Baron and Baroness
$25 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] • Come and visit my studio, in person or through the internet, to see paintings in development or for conversation, observation, and critique (one prescheduled studio visit per month).
Count and Countess
$35 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Prints] • Collect limited edition giclée prints every Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter (four exclusive prints per year at approximately 5 x 7" or 8 x 10" in dimension; archival, signed).
Golden Sage
$50 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Hourglass] • Gratitude for alms––a contribution toward painting sans the material incentive (this is a monthly donation only). The Sage is awarded the golden light of luck and fortune for making a gift of time.
Duke and Duchess
$75 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Drawings] • Collect an original drawing annually for investing in my endeavors for our culture (one drawing, signed, for every twelve months of pledging your support; the option for selecting a favorite will be offered; sizes may vary in equating value).
Archduke and Archduchess
$100 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Paintings] • Collect an original painting annually for becoming a pillar of our age (one painting, signed, for every twelve months of pledging your support; the option for selecting a favorite will be offered; sizes may vary in equating value).
King and Queen
$500 or more per month
[Posts] [Questions] [Events] [Studio] [Prints] [Commissions] • The great benefactors of history invested in painters and poets of the court and so cultivated a culture that we will never forget. A pledge of this order is the vision of potential that gave rise to some of the most beautiful works since Antiquity. Beyond the investment in our future, this pledge pays for quarterly commissions as specified by the patron; also meriting first choice of new works, all access aforementioned, and annual gifts sent for becoming a great patron of our time.