Claire Cowie & Leo Berk

Seattle, WA

Independent artists Leo Berk and Claire Cowie formed a new collaboration for their 2021 MadArt exhibition.

Leo Saul Berk believes his childhood spent living in a radically unconventional house designed by the visionary American architect and painter Bruce Goff shaped him to become the artist he is today. His work continues to examine the transformative potential of exceptional architecture to positively shape our lives. Based in Seattle, Berk has received the Betty Bowen Award and the Artist Trust Innovator Award. He has staged solo exhibitions at INOVA (Milwaukee), Seattle Art Museum, and Frye Art Museum.

Claire Cowie’s multi-media sculptures and works-on-paper address loss, community, ambiguities in perception, shifting landscapes, and the fragmentation of memory. Cowie was born in North Carolina, is currently a Teaching Artist-in-Residence in the University of Washington’s Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Program, and her work is represented by James Harris Gallery and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Awards include a Pollock-Krasner Grant, fellowships from Washington State Arts Commission, Artist Trust, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and the Behnke Foundation. Cowie’s work is included in the collections of: Allen Institute for Brain Science, Twitter, Facebook, Henry Art Gallery, Microsoft Corporation, Swedish Cancer Institute, Tacoma Art Museum, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Compilation image of both artists' past works