Educated in the UK and Netherlands, Bernard has exhibited paintings, sculpture and ceramics widely both nationally and in Europe. He has been a member of the CPA and the NSA, of which he was Vice chair for a number of years. Previously he was a director of Artspace Studios in Bristol before moving his studio to Cornwall in 1996.
Amongst the first work in the new studio was the making of the Weston Collage Mosaic commission, an 80sq.m ceramic pavement which he installed at Weston Super Mare in 1997. In 2004 he was one of four invited artists at the Thomastown Pottery Skills Seminar in Kilkenny, Ireland.
His curatorial work has included exhibitions such as ‘Lineage’ for the Newlyn Art Gallery, which looked at the history and creative legacy of 100 years of artists working in the village and PRINT which celebrated contemporary printmaking in Cornwall in an international context and in relation to it’s rich history from 1900 to the present. With its fully functioning print workshop space placed at the centre of the exhibition and project activity throughout the 12 weeks of the show, Bernard and Jesse pioneered a new idea about how to make an exhibition.
Bernard’s studio is set in 1.5 acres of garden which are an influential backdrop to all his work. The mythical greek character Orpheus, first met through Cocteau and later through the poetry of Rilke, has inhabited the shadows of the studio for nearly thirty years. Recently he has emerged as a more tangible presence in Bernard’s work in which the huge importance of music, poetry and the garden remains undiminished.
“As a painter I spend many, many hours alone in the studio and that silent time is an intrinsic part of the process. From time to time collaborative projects such as Picturing the Mines offer an important means of rebalancing through shared creativity. “