As a book illustrator for many years, the ‘storytelling’ picture…
North Devon based artist Mike Bernard’s work is know for the distinctive combination of collage, acrylics and pastels that all meld together, providing great textural depth, and in combination with “happy accidents”, ultimately giving a semi-abstract, impressionistic feel, that engages the imagination. Mike has a classical background, completing his Post Graduate studies at the Royal Academy, London, in 1981. He was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1997.
Much of Mike’s work is available through the Marine House at Beer art gallery
Elizabeth Greenshields Fellowship 1981 and 1987 (Royal Academy)
David Murray Studentship 1978/80/81 (Royal Academy)
1ST Prize Stowells Trophy 1981 (Royal Academy)
British Institute Prize (Royal Academy)
Lanseer Prize (Royal Academy)
Highly Commended Award 1990 Silver Longboat Exhibition, Portsmouth City Art Gallery.
Laing Landscape Painting Award 1993
R. I. Exhibition Mall Galleries London
Kingsmead Gallery Award 1999
Stuart Defries Award 2003
Lincoln Joyce Gallery Award 2007
The Ranelagh Press Award RI 2009