A Eulogy, to Bierstadt

44 1/2’’ x 51 1/4’’

A Eulogy (Art & Life), To Fantin Latour & van der Weyden

26 1/2’’ x 45 1/2’’

A Eulogy to Art & Life, to Rembrandt

24 1/2’’ x 45 1/2’’

A Eulogy to Mankind, Still Life Fragment #1

24’’ x 26’’

Cazadero Summer Storm

20’’ x 24’’

Contra Costa Creek Golden Sky

15’’ x 28’’

Eulogy for a Planet, Locked in Migration, Light of Day

31 1/2’’ x 47’’

Eulogy for a Planet, Solitary River, to Van Eyck

31’’ x 48’’

Eulogy to Light & Life to Vermeer

31’’ x 51’’

Figure Fragment in Stone, to Vermeer

31’’ x 30’’

Gatineau Dawn, to Keith

10 1/4’’ x 20’’

In the Absence of Paradise, to Earth & Mankind

30’’ x 68’’

Kawartha Dawn, Orange Sky

10’’ x 16’’

Landscape at Sunset, after William Keith

20’’ x 27’’

November Rain, Ancient Pond

20’’ x 20’’

Olana Study 15

14’’ x 31’’

Requiem for a Planet, Eastern Townships Sunset

44 1/2’’ x 44 1/2’’

Solitary Tree, Locked in Migration, to Van Gogh

45’’ x 37’’

Still Life Fragment #3, Locked in Migration

31 3/4’’ x 25 1/2’’

Still Life, Locked in Migration, After H.D. Murphy

43’’ x 42’’

The Line to Home (Art and Life), to Fantin-Latour

32 1/4’’ x 60 1/2’’

Trees and Lakes

42’’ x 66’’


David Bierk was born in Appleton, Minnesota, in 1944, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California, and subsequently taught art in the Bahamas for several years. He returned to California to study at Humboldt State University in Arcata, where he received an M.F.A. in painting and photography.

Bierk immigrated to Canada in 1972 and took up a teaching position in Peterborough, Ontario. In 1974, he founded Artspace, an artist-run centre, that he directed until 1987. It was then that he decided to devote himself to the full-time pursuit of his career as an artist. A passionate painter and a prolific exhibitor, Bierk successfully established an international reputation for his work.

He had eight children and lived and painted in Peterborough until his death from leukemia in August 2002. In 1998, he was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and in 2002 was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.