Timothy Berry received his BA in creative writing from Denison University in Ohio in 1970, and completed his MFA in Fine Arts at the Central School of Art in London in 1974. Upon returning to the United States, he developed the Intaglio Publishing Program at Landfall Press in Chicago, Illinois. A year later, he formed Teaberry Press, America’s first one-person Intaglio workshop which led to him being recognized as one of the founders of the etching revival in post-WWII America. In 1977, Berry moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to teach at the San Francisco Art Institute, run Teaberry Press, and continue painting. He has recently retired after 20 years of teaching painting, drawing, and printmaking at University of California, Davis.
Today, Berry continues through his art and his writings a lifelong investigation of mankind’s contentious yet appreciative relationship with nature—“man’s ejection from nature and the resulting loss of innocence” are the major themes across his works.
Berry has been exhibiting his work in Europe and the United States for over forty-five years. He has had 21 solo exhibitions and participated in 75 group exhibitions. His work is in many private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Belfast Museum of Art, Ireland; The De Young Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco; and the Royal Albert Museum Of Art, England. In thirty years, he completed over 200 projects with artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Pat Steir, Christo, Phillip Pearstein, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, William T. Wiley, Lynda Benglis, and many more. One of his major shows was in 1990, when a retrospective exhibition of Berry’s work as Teaberry Press was mounted at the Ewing Gallery of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. It then traveled for eleven years to 23 museums across the United States.