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Artwork by Ernest Berke
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About the Artist
This painter and sculptor. best known for western subjects, was born in Harlem, New York City in 1921 to a Romanian clothing designer and a Russian sheet metal worker. Berke left high school without graduating and served in the Air Force in WWII. He worked in advertising as an illustrator for Sears & Roebuck for a number of years before pursuing painting on a full-time basis.
Ernest became fascinated with the West, particularly cowboys and Indians. He completed more that 2500 paintings and nearly 80 sculptures, five of which are life-size. He has portrayed the North American Indian with considerable accuracy and sensitivity, having lived with the Northern Shoshone Indian tribe in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Berke divides his time between New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona, where he erected a 12-foot by 18-foot bronze sculpture titled 'The Buffalo Hunt'.