Dorothy Berry is an established artist who approaches her practice with great passion, which is evident in the energy and vibrancy of her extensive output of paintings and drawings. Her work demonstrates a keen interest in people, animals and birds, which she often represents in a symbolic sense. She has developed a complex set of signifiers to construct personal narratives, and her work often recounts experiences, events, beliefs or opinions relating to her life. Her densely packed compositions regularly consist of a combination of these symbols, instilling the works with personal significance and poignancy.
Berry has worked in the Arts Project Australia studio since 1985 and has presented four solo exhibitions in Australia. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, Gallery 101 in Ottawa, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, ILSMH Exposition Internationale in Paris and MADmusée and Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain in Liège.
— b. Melbourne, 1942