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Bernard worked as a visual merchandiser for thirty years using design skills to promote the image, style and services of Myer and David Jones. He created eye catching product displays, window layouts displaying his keen interest in design and composition. In addition he has developed an art practice since childhood, which he set aside when busy with his career. Now, with more time available and a renewed focus, he has resumed a more dedicated art practice.
Growing up Bernard was intrigued with architecture. He explored abandoned buildings and, over the years extended that to analysis through photography and drawing. Looking beyond the opportunities in his local surrounds, he studied details and aesthetics via real estate photos. In adolescence he took oil painting lessons but preferred the effect of water based mediums on paper. This has evolved into his specialisation in pen and ink with water-colour.
Moving to Brisbane in the late sixties it wasn't long before he'd at a young age started noticing Brisbane’s iconic building styles with interest in character over grandness. Then in the seventies, with the building and construction boom in full swing, he witnessed the disappearance of houses, public buildings and at times whole streets lost to demolition for development.
Loss of the characteristic architecture from the establishment of Brisbane through to the late seventies was the catalyst for archiving the things he loved through his artwork. His fear of losing them became the focus of his artwork. Commencing as finely executed illustrative works, then developing into something more complex, he began highlighting the character of both lost and existing buildings and their environments.
The themes that resonate and make up the central elements of his work are:
Intimate urban landscapes - Focusing on urban landscape and the character of buildings and their environments, Bernard’s artwork recognises that architecture cannot be fully appreciated isolated from the surrounding historical and contemporary urban narrative. It’s the objects, forgotten spaces, and sight lines, particularly as seen by the passing pedestrian’s viewpoint, that resonate as multiple layers of the history and atmosphere of these city spaces.
As a child, Bernard was fortunate to travel regularly for holidays to both outback Queensland and coastal destinations in QLD and NSW where he found endless inspiration from country townships, open countryside and coastal wetlands/mangroves. Thus his connection to and appreciation of extensive and specific natural environments.
Natural environment connection - Bernard has eclectic interests in differing natural environments but more recently he has focused on wetland and mangrove scenes. Like our architectural history, the wetlands and mangroves are threatened by development so Bernard has been inclined to illustrate the beauty and fragility of these natural mangrove environments hopefully highlighting the importance of these ecosystems.
There is a strong geometrical element to his work. This compositional strength resonates with the innate emotional intent of his work.
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