Bernard was born in Toxteth, Liverpool, and after National Service studied at Liverpool School of Art, followed by three years at the Camberwell School of Art, London, and then a teaching diploma. After more than a decade of teaching, during which time he was a Departmental Head at the Nottingham College of Education, with a family of five children and his wife Audrey he moved to Newlyn, Cornwall. Here he and Audrey M EVANS set up the Mounts Bay Arts Centre which operated as a residential school for outdoor painting in summers up until 2001.
Both engaged in all aspects of the management of the school - teaching and administration and domestic work - and exhibited regularly, mainly at NAG but also internationally and in mixed shows nationally. Bernard served as Chairman of the NSA and Council of Management member of NAG over many years. He and Audrey have also been mainstays of the international charity AMNESTY over many years, organising fundraisers and exhibitions to draw public attention to the plight of political prisoners everywhere.
His work is carefully executed, representational in style, and often focused on the working port around him at Newlyn. As Cross points out in his 2002 book on the contemporary artists in Newlyn, he had then embarked on a series of large-scale paintings of the Thames and London buildings at various times of the day and night. Other paintings have been done from sketches made from the London Eye.
works and access
Works incl: Tamarisk and Cottages, Porthgwarra (1981) at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance; Newlyn from the Bowjey (2010); Sennen Beach (2011)
Photo likeness on NSA Membership list: http://www.nsanewlyn.com/
1986: RCM & RIC Three Spires Festival Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Pottery, Truro (Opening of the RCM or County Art Gallery, by the Royal Institution of Cornwall)
1987: NAG, 1 of 6 solos
1992: NAG group, 'Private Views'
2011: NSA Exhibition: Uncharted Landscapes, Mariners Chapel, St Ives
2012: Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery - 'New Light on Newlyn' Oct. 2012 - Jan. 2013
NAG (Council of Management)
NSA (Chair, and other positions in management)
misc further info
Cornishman 18 Nov 2010 'Arts Festival begins with a bang' (Newlyn's 4th Annual Arts Festival), F Ruhrmund, reviewer
Cornishman (11 Aug 2011): 'When two societies collide' by F Ruhrmund
Cross (2002) Catching the Wave: Contemporary Art & Artists in Cornwall 1975-present day (pp79-80, photos & illus)
Evans, Ash & Bird (1996) Drawing Towards the End of a Century (published by the NSA, illus)
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery (photos)
Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership