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 Dea (Statham) Berg  (1908 - 1994)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: Expressionist portrait and still life painting

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Doris Statham is primarily known as Dea (Statham) Berg

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Dea Berg
French Milk Can and Fruit (1984),
32x28 oil/canvas

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Doris Statham paints using the name of Dea Berg.  She died July 12, 1994. Berg was born in Oakland on September 11, 1908 and raised in the Bay Area city of Alameda.  She studied music and science at Berkeley and eventually taught organic chemistry at UC San Francisco.  She spoke nine languages fluently. (California Chess Reporter, July 1974; Inyo Register, Feb. 6, 1992; Inyo County Clerk Berth records)

She met Louis D. Statham in 1947 and they married.  Statham, millionaire engineer and inventor of medical instruments, was an avid chess player who founded The Lone Pine International Chess Tournaments (1971-1981), open to all United States Chess Federation masters and experts.  In the 1970s, the Stathams contributed millions of dollars to the Eastern Sierra community of Lone Pine, to build the city center, named Statham Hall.  In the 1960s, they sold their house in Holmby Hills to Hugh Hefner (now the Playboy Mansion) and retired permanently to Lone Pine. (New York Times, OBITS, Feb. 9, 1983)

After her husband's death, Berg contributed funds to Inyo County for the purchase of lands for the library system. (Inyo Register, Feb. 6, 1992)

Berg was a prolific painter, specializing in portraits and still life.  She perfected her expressionist style by the late 1960s and early 1970s:

In her painting (Berg). . . captures abundant and bright live colors . . . moving freely between brush and pallet knife and occasionally into a combination of both. Her work is represented throughout the United States and Europe." (W&J Sloane, Beverly Hills, exhibition tear sheet, March 1974)

Submitted by Wynne Benti

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