Trained as gold- and silver-smith, he studied painting at Birmingham School of Arts and Crafts. He also trained in London and Paris. He became a well-respected and influential lecturer at Birmingham College of Art, taking annual trips to Cornwall with students, usually to Polperro with visits to St Ives. His 1936 Royal Academy exhibit was 'The Family at Polperro' - a delightful relaxed depiction, with Bernard sporting a beret. In 1939 he donated this painting to Birmingham Art Gallery in memory of his wife, who had died prematurely.
He later shared a Porthmeor studio in St Ives with David COX, with whom he became friendly in the late 1940s. His portrait of Cox was exhibited with STISA in 1949 at Swindon.
Between the years 1928-39 he exhibited in seven separate exhibitions in the Paris Salons, winning an Honourable Mention for his initial entry The Schoolboy, and both bronze and silver medals in later years.
Portrait and figure painter in oils and water-colour; teacher
works and access
Works include: The Schoolboy (1928); Mollie and Stella; The Family at Polperro (1936);
Access to work: Birmingham; Coventry; Dudley; Imperial War Museum, London; Leeds; Liverpool; Royal Collection; Stoke; Wolverhampton; Copenhagen; Dublin; Stockholm; Vienna; Wellington, New Zealand
Paris Salons (7) 1928-39 (Honourable Mention 1928, both bronze and silver medals in later years)
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p325)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
RA Dictionary of Membership
Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA 1927-1960)
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash (illus)
Tovey (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume Two - Post-1920, Wilson Books