The opening of a new show this season in Palm Desert introduced the Art Public to Bernard Stanley Hoyes’s Rag series. In contex that has the earth, the dirt, the grains of Sands combined with the textures of the Rags in concert. Tones of browns and beiges are highlighted to values that relies on the natural realm.
“Rags in Sand” mixed medium on Canvas, 30×40″
Since 1992, Hoyes adopted the Etching medium as a means of expression, for its details, its intimacy and craftsmanship. The deliberate implied rhythmic lines and tonal gestures of The Revival Series (for which he is well known) have found new life.
The mediums fluidity, intimate scale, and delicate calligraphic lines has becomes a personal kind of gesture, like a private note or letter evoking different emotional textures. A body of work like the Rag Series, with its imperfect lines with rich textures and nuanced tonalities, has found new terrain. http://www.Bernardhoyes.com.
“My Artistic concerns has been with spiritual testimonies, using Contemporary expressions as the driving force to established a Visual Voice. Speaking and Calling to our inner spirit, beckoning into worlds and regions of sacredness and sanctified offerings in search of the life force. My new works have gotten transformative.”
Proof being, bringing a selection of the Revival Series Paintings to life, to tell a Story on Stage. An Interdisciplinary creative force, using Visual Arts, Video, Dance, African Drums and Voices. The production titled, “Se7en Paintings, a Story in Performance”, premiered at the Ford Amphitheater Stage in Los Angeles in 2012.
A unified science of all my art that went before, including neglected concepts and synthesis of varied medium, as expressed in the multidisciplinary “Seven Paintings”. This Art Performance is sure to elevate, inspire and revolutionize the way we view art in the future. To experience the work of Bernard Stanley Hoyes’ beyond seven paintings, go to http://www.bernardhoyes.com.
THE RAG SERIES
Unique Contemporary Graphics by Bernard Stanley Hoyes. Rag impressions reflect ancestral connections to contemporary life. Done in a spontaneous technique. A rag laden with ink is cast onto paper as a fisherman would cast his net in the sea. When lifted a print remains suggesting and delineating forms, mass and movement. Details added by the artist free the images into compositions with vitality and power
“Rags on my Horizon, a Civilization in my Past” mixed medium on paper, 24×36
“New insights in my application of the Painting discipline have since emerged as a result. There are a few from the Rag series, which are well known. “Where she found her wings” “Rag Nouveau” and “Rag in Vogue” All inspired by the notion of having arrived, irregardless of how we got there, Ragged, but aspiring in style. A Modernist discourse has evolved. Raw Materials, technology, and raw textures have appeared. Templates harkening back to the Rag Series of the Seventies, when Raw materials and graphics were prevalent in my Artistic exploration.”
BERNARD STANLEY HOYES “In a Rag Mood” mixed medium on Canvas, 30×40
Bridging Communities Photography Project
Palm Springs Black History Committee
City of Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum
February 14, 2016
Congresswoman Waters Opening Remarks
Good evening, and thank you Ms. Jherveri (JAH-VER-EE) for the kind introduction! I was delighted when the Palm Springs Black History Committee invited me to spend Valentines Day here with such a talented, creative, and energizing group. When Bernard Hoyes told me about this event just a few months ago, I knew that it was something that I could not miss.
I would like to start by thanking the Black History Committee, the City of Palm Springs, and the Palm Springs Art Museum for collaborating and coming together to host the Bridging Communities Photography Project. I can think of no better way to celebrate Black History Month than by bringing together the two most important aspects of our community and culture: youth and the arts, together in such a beautiful space. The Palm Springs Art Museum truly is one of this City’s precious treasures.
And of course, I’d like to give special recognition to two renowned photographers, the late Mr. Donald Cravens and Mr. Alfonso Murray. Mr. Cravens, whose works are currently on display, spent his life showcasing a critical piece of America’s history. He single-handedly escalated the progress of the civil rights movement with iconic photographs that captured moments like Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her sit on a segregated bus. It is also a pleasure to mention Mr. Murray, with us here today, who too has depicted such moving stories in each and every one of his photographs, particularly of the many civil rights demonstrations he has photographed in our modern day.
Please give him a round of applause.
The Bridging Communities Photography Project brings us all together to evaluate and ask ourselves, “Are we making progress?” “Have we succeeded?” Without a doubt, this is a critical time for the African-American community as we reflect on our progress this month- but also as we look ahead on the long road we still have ahead of us.
I know of course that I do not have to explain to anyone here today the power of photography and the role photojournalism played during the civil rights movement. It was the power of photographs- depicting the fire hoses, the dogs jumping on young people because they were standing up to inequality, the aggressive policemen with their clubs, that moved and motivated people around the nation to finally stand up in the 1960s and create a movement and put a stop to systemic segregation and discrimination.
We owe it to photographic journalism for truly igniting the civil rights movement. Seeing photos of Rosa Parks as Mr. Cravens captured; and seeing the photos we have all seen of the Montgomery Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington along with the iconic photo of Martin Luther King delivering his historic speech, to name a few- these are some of the visual aids that have had such a profound effect on so many Americans and enabled the African-American community to propel us towards progress and equal justice. These are the photos that ultimately encouraged African-Americans to leave their homes and march in Selma; these are the photos that touched the lives of countless other advocates and allies who were called to join in this movement, fighting for equality so that all in could have access to the American dream; housing, equal opportunity, and justice under the law. These are the photos that turned anti-discrimination sentiments into a national movement leading to landmark civil rights legislation.
Photography was such a precious and valuable tool for photojournalists in the 60s that made the movement what it was, and our youth see this potential and continue to build on it today.
But unlike the 1960s, in an era when photography has become an inseparable part of our lives, and accessible to all, it is criticial today that we reflect on photojournalism’s moral and political significance. After all, with so many photos and visuals bombarding us each day, it is important to make a clear distinction between the distractions and the true works of art that compel us.
Kiana Escobedo, Andy Villatero, Lonnie Johnson, Rian Rollins, and Bryce Taylor are part of a new generation of leaders who are invigorating a wave of change into our society. They are doing what our civil rights leaders took part in decades ago and what Donald Craven and Alfonso Murray have done all their lives: taking visual record of our nation’s most precious moments for all to bear witness. Not only are their photographs inspiring works of art that will stand the test of time, but they will work to alert millions of Americans to what’s happening in our neighboring towns, cities, and states. These students offer refreshing reminders on the current conditions of our society and motivate people of every race and color to stand up in the face of injustice and take real action.
Beyond the masterpieces we see before us in this museum, most of us now bear the ability to capture a photograph or video with the click of a button on our smartphones and the ability to immediately publish content online for millions to see. As such, Americans from coast to coast are witnessing a constant stream of the discrimination African-Americans face in cities from Long Island New York and Detroit to Ferguson. The work of our aspiring high school students, the work of artists like Mr. Cravens and Mr. Murray, and the work of thousands across our nation who capture events once impossible to catch have created a new wave of momentum- the Black Lives Matter movement.
In fact, this movement owes its very existence to the many intimate videos published online for the world to see. Today, it takes less than a second to film or photograph some of the atrocities occurring around us. Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner, Tamir Rice, Ezell Ford, and Sandra Bland- these are five innocent, precious lives lost too soon, and deaths that would have gone utterly unnoticed had we not had the ability to capture their perpetrator’s severe crimes. We are experiencing a new level of heightened awareness that is changing our political discourse and igniting new change.
Last year I hosted the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, Tamir Rice and Ezell Ford, and was reminded of the outrage, pain, and suffering of black discrimination. The visual documentation of their children bring to mind the historic photo of Emmet Till’s open casket, the teenager who was brutally beaten and mutilated by two white men in the South, and redirected attention to the rights of blacks in the South.
Today, we are redirecting modern atrocities into meaningful change, though far too often we forget these events should spark healing, not pain and despair. I continuously feel the power of these mothers ripple into our communities and promote the infliction of real change and action within our government and society. It is this power of healing that we must harvest into real, constructive, progress, so that our futures don’t uphold the same values and bigotry we faced in our history and continue to experience today.
So I close with a final message to our students, to keep fostering their passion of the creative arts and continue inspiring their audience to stand up for our American brothers and sisters and contribute to a future that encourages equality and opportunity for each and every American.
I would now like to welcome Jarvis Crawford from the Black History Committee. Thank you.
The Absence of mr. Bentley is going on a year. Our fears was stronger that his. We fared for his survival while he was busy taking care of his with adapting. There is a thing as” call of the wild”. It’s the acclimatization of the senses to the immediate surroundings.
Bently had adjusted. He had defined his territory around Syncona. In the Mornings, we would let him out to explore and signify.
He had his spots to piss. With the grounds so large he would divide the task into sessions. There was the attack on the selected Bushes. Bushes that he would not venture into, but had to announce his presence. He knew whomever is in there, beware, I have this area covered, clear out. …
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Thursday, February 12, 4-6 p.m.
Bernard Hoyes will demonstrate mono printing with
his “Rag Series” technique.
When Bernard Stanley Hoyes paints, we listen. Yes listen, because his work calls to our inner spirit, piercing spaces deep within, beckoning us to worlds and regions holy, sacred and sanctified. A creator of art, symbols and ancestral echoes, this Jamaican native possesses the power to make colors, forms, and dance, and leap, shout and vibrate on a variety of surfaces. Ancient becomes contemporary, ceremonies rings eternal and traditions manifests as new revelations.
And so it is with Hoyes. His paintings call to us, speak to us, whisper to us. The life force pulses through them. A true product of his environment, Hoyes art for the past thirty years pays significant homage to Jamaican revival culture and the backyard religions he knew as a child. As he mines the traditions of an old and complex culture, he lays it before us like a feast.
His celebration of traditional African religions has found universal appeal, stunning audiences worldwide with their depth and compelling lure. It is no wonder that Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Richard Pryor, Capital Records and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are all amongst his collectors.
My images stand as praise to our existence, past, present and future. My challenge is to master unique compositions of spiritual significance. I desire to visually engross the viewer through powerful expressive works.
I have been painting from an intuitive point of view. During this process, the spirits take possession and ritual themes have become dominant. The common denominator has been expressions in the Painting medium. My concern with spiritual testimony, using Contemporary expressions has been the driving force that eventually established a visual voice. Of late, the works has gotten transformative.
Proof being, bringing a selection of the Revival Series Paintings to life on Stage, as an Interdisciplinary creative force, using Visual Arts, Video, Dance, African Traditional Drums and Voices as a production titled, “Se7en Paintings, a Story in Performance”. Seven of my most iconic paintings came to life on the Ford Amphitheater Stage in Los Angeles in 2012.
This was the first step into the Interdisciplinary field. New insights in my application of the Painting discipline have since emerged.
The Modernist discourse in my Paintings has evolved. Raw Materials, technology, and raw textures have appeared. Templates harkening back to the Rag Series from the 70’s, when Raw materials and graphics were prevalent in my exploration.
I am still coming from an intuitive point of view, using traditional mediums, to a unified science of all that went before, Into new methods, including neglected concepts and synthesis of varied consciousness.
Hoyes past works is vividly displayed on his website, at www.berndhoyes.com.
You are cordially invited to a special event in our gallery space.
An artist reception for
Bernard Stanley Hoyes
Spirit of the Land Show
Friday, April 3rd, 4-8 P.M.
- Helene Galen, board member of the Palm Springs Art Museum and namesake of the Palm Springs Museum at Palm Desert, introduced Bernard Hoyes to the Coachella Valley this past February at the Palm Springs Art Museum in a group show featuring his artwork. Now Desert Art Collection is introducing him to our patrons and collectors by hosting a show of his watercolor desertscapes the month of April.
Although known throughout the world, very few collectors are aware that
Bernard Hoyes does wonderful watercolors. Since moving to the Coachella Valley as his permanent residence last year, he has been working on a special series of paintings “Spirit of the Land”. Painted from an intuitive point of view, these works are a unique perspective of life and landscape of the desert. Some of the watercolors are very large format pieces and perfect for the large desert homes in the Coachella Valley. Others are what people usually consider medium and large scale works.
“This show is about my impressions of the land (Coachella Valley), flora and fauna bone dry under the spell of recent drought. Being the sole guest for many stellar events, my tentacles are ever grasping to possess the vistas that avail themselves. I am in permanent observation…exposed to the natural changes of the seasons.”
“I took a direct and intuitive approach in rendering the spirit of the land. My emphasis is on contemplation of nature and its offering of spiritual satisfaction. The compositions are more suggestive and less descriptive. I relied on the controlled recession of details through plane after plane, allowing the observer to wander across into the picture space in a kind of vicarious experience of nature. These works have been my meditation.”
American, born in Jamaica, Hoyes earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and graphic design from the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, after attending the Vermont Academy, the Art Students League in New York (under a Ford Foundation Scholarship) and the Jamaica Institute. He apprenticed under the established artists Norman Lewis, Huie Lee Smith and John Torres.
Best known for his recognition and affirmation of traditional African religion and spirituality and its influence in the Western world in his “Rag” and “Revival Series”, he also has suites of works called “Jazz Series” and the “Personages”. Regardless of the genre, all the work has an undercurrent of spirituality.
Throughout his career, Bernard has been committed to the public good as evidenced by his mural works in Los Angeles and other special projects such as the African Methodist Episcopal’s In the Spirit of Contribution which employed youth from the community. He has a long list of commendations from the city of Los Angeles.
Mr. Hoyes has attracted collectors and patrons world-wide including Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey and the National Urban League.
A reception for Mr. Hoyes will be held during the 1st Friday El Paseo Artwalk on Friday, April 3rd, from 4-8 P.M. Desert Art Collection is located at 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave. at El Paseo in Palm Desert. Desert Art Collection hours are: Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4. For more information call 760/674-9955 or go to www.desertartcollection.com.
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SYNCONA MESA, my sanctuary, watercolor impressions of the Land, the flora and fauna, bone dry, and under the spell of recent drought. Being the sole guest for many stellar events, My tentacles are ever grasping, to possess the interaction of the live vistas that avail themselves. Seems I am in permanent observation, exposed to the natural changes of the Seasons.
“I took a direct and intuitive approach in rendering the spirit of the Land. My emphasis is on contemplation of Nature and its offering of Spiritual Satisfaction. The compositions are more suggestive and less descriptive. I relied on the controlled recession of details through plane after plane, allowing the observer to wander across, into the picture space , in a kind of vicarious experience of Nature. These works have been my meditation”
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