the Homeless: Page Two, page one

Los Angeles-based artist Pat Berger’s poignant paintings of homelessness were originally inspired by her visit to a food and shelter outreach for the homeless in downtown L.A. around Christmas 1985.

What followed that eye-opening experience were at least five years of activism and a series of 35 paintings and lithographs intended to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless – many of whom shared their stories with Berger.

Her works on the homeless have since been exhibited in venues as different as homeless shelters, universities, museums and even California’s State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

Twelve of Berger’s homeless series paintings are now in the permanent collection of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Buffalo, N.Y. Another painting is in the permanent collection of Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center.

In Central California, Berger’s work was displayed in 2009-10 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in an exhibit called “No Place to Go: Paintings of the Homeless.” Berger’s exhibit was one of five homelessness-focused shows happening concurrently, including the main exhibit, “Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present.”

~Louis Medina, Homelessness Project Manager and Emergency Food & Shelter Program Administrator, United Way of Kern County, Bakersfield, CA

Fallen Angel, 1986
acrylic/canvas, 54 x 60 inches

Donated Shoes, 1986
acrylic/canvas, 48 x 54 inches

I Am My Brother's Keeper, 1986
acrylic/canvas, 60 x 48 inches

Tent City, 1986
acrylic/canvas, 48 x 54 inches

Bag Lady, 1986
litho, 20-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches framed

Waiting, 1986
litho, 20-1/2 x 26-1/2 inches framed

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