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British art: Mike Bernard at Bath Art Gallery

'Mousehole, Cornwall' by Mike Bernard

Today we are off to the West Country of England where British Artist Mike Bernard is based and where the inspiration for today’s image was generated.

Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham followed by post graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Mall Galleries, Royal Festival Hall and many other British Art Galleries including of course the Red Rag Art Galleries in Bath . Among the prizes and awards he has gained for his paintings are: The Stowells Trophy, The Elizabeth Greenshield Fellowship, The Silver Longboat Award and The Laing Award. Mike was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) in 1997. At the 1999 RI Exhibition at the Mall Galleries he was awarded The Kingsmead Gallery Award.

Mike Bernard enjoys experimenting with different media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collages and acrylics. He also uses oil and watercolour. Within his paintings he tries to develop exciting textures and light combining these qualities into original semi-abstract images of landscapes. seascapes, street scenes. still life and figurative compositions.

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British art: artist Mike Bernard RI

British art: Painting 'Mousehole' by Mike Bernard RI

This painting was delivered to the gallery this week. It features a view of the Cornish harbour and fishing village of Mousehole. Mousehole is a location much favoured by British artists. This contemporary mixed media painting comes from leading British artist Mike Bernard.

Mike Bernard produces highly textured semi-abstract paintings often executed in mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. Bernard enjoys bringing an experimental approach to his watercolour and oil paintings. Regular subjects include coastal and street scenes in the English West Country and Italy. Speaking about his British Art Mike says: “What attracts me most is the pattern of buildings, boats and similar features in a scene. I build a painting by putting in blocks of colour to develop a pattern which is pleasing to my eye in colours which are harmonious, bringing in feelings of spontaneity, freshness and freedom.”

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