About the Artist  
   

Thomas Berger grew up in a small town on the Mosel river in Germany, where he roamed the forests and vineyards, discovering the beauty of nature. At a young age he collected shells, bones, sea creatures and Devonian fossils, and made imitation fish fossils for his "museum", where he displayed these objects from nature sorted by scientific criteria. He also gardened together with his father and kept bees and sheep, which eventually led him to study agriculture.

 

After obtaining a degree from Kassel University, Thomas worked on farms in Germany, France and Australia, followed by three years for the German Volunteer Service in an agricultural project in Niger, West Africa.  His work area was stretched along parts of the Niger river where he worked with irrigated rice, vegetable and fruit crops, and rain-fed millet. Back in Germany, he continued in the head office of the German Volunteer Service, from where he administered development programs in three West-African countries. During all these years, Berger was also active as a visual artist, and participated with his paintings, photographs and sculptures in art exhibitions in various parts of Germany and designed postal stamps for the country of Niger. In the mid 1990s Berger moved to the United States, where he became a self-employed landscape designer and contractor. Since 2006 he focuses on the design of gardens for wildlife and pollinators.

 

Thomas Berger has won awards both for his landscape design and his art work. His sculptures can be found in the artfully designed gardens that he created all along the New Hampshire and Maine seacoast, and in public locations in New England and beyond.

 

 

Statement  
   

Much of Thomas Berger's sculpting can be described as ''organic". Being a life-long naturalist, he is guided by the western tradition of scientific observation of nature, but also intrigued by the art concepts of East-Asia, especially Japan, which are reflected in a simplicity of the form, a focus on the essential. Like Raku ware, his sculptures, often archaic creatures and animals of the sea, are marked with signs of erosion, reminiscent of fossils. To Berger they express both the resilience and the timelessness of life.

 
   
Professional affiliations:    
   
 National Sculpture Society   /   New England Sculptors Association   /   New Hampshire Art Association   /   Ecological Landscaping Alliance   /   Xerxes Society