Mike Bernard enjoys experimenting with media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. He has used paper collage for several years and has developed a highly original style and a unique technique of his own. As a base to his paintings this process has allowed him to create abstract structures that in turn develop into those “happy accidents” which come about from time to time. Random textures, colours and shapes suddenly fall into place. This method allows a picture to evolve its own personality as it progresses, which avoids it becoming over-representational.
During the summer we had a number of new artists in the gallery and we are particularly pleased to have work by Mike Bernard.
Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, before attending postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited widely the UK, particularly in London where he shows at the Mall galleries. Mike was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997 and he moved to Devon in 2008 where he has been inspired by what he terms ‘the amazing light’.
We also have a range of other work in the gallery such as paintings by John Brenton, prints by Artizan Editions and new jewellery arriving regularly.
Click on the thumbnails to see details and a larger image of Mike Bernards paintings