“Though they may seem simple, my drawings, intaglio prints, and paintings are actually quite elaborate; half a year’s work on an image is no exception for me. I draw directly or use small sketches, even doodles, as image-generating nuclei, often combining two or three that appear to complement each other. I rarely use concrete references, but rather work from inner visions. I don’t see my images as telling a story but rather as reflections of inner feelings, similar to some poetry, and would like observers to read them as such. I like to believe that my work carries a certain mystery. My images are very much “inside out.” I have usually some idea of what I want to achieve, but much of the image is generated while I draw or paint. The end product always surprises me. Analyzing my own art is difficult but I think that the dreamlike images tend to deal with confined spaces. Within these confines, certain characters try to reach out to one another but do not quite succeed. This theme is a reflection of a precarious balancing act that many of us have to deal with in our lives.”
Bert Menco (born in 1946, Arnhem, The Netherlands) worked as a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) from 1982 until 2006. As an artist, he draws, paints, and prints, the latter at the North Shore Art League in Winnetka. He has had several one-person shows in this country as well as abroad. Most recently he exhibited at the Re-Invent Gallery in Lake Forest and Colibri Studio and Gallery in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. He has participated in numerous invitational and juried exhibitions. His artwork has been featured in books, newspapers and magazines. Bert’s work is represented in private as well as museum collections. He received a Sponsors’ Award in the 3rd Sapporo International Print Biennale (1995) and his work is included in The Best of Printmaking: An International Collection, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA (1997). Menco curated and co-curated several exhibitions in the Chicago area, among these (October 2007) “Devils & Beasts” at The Art Center in Highland Park.