A PROLONGED ABSENCE OF WATER, and MR. BENTLEY

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Syncona Mesa RainbowThe 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.

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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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ART PERFORMANCE at the PALM SPRING ART MUSEUM

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.

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Bernard Stanley Hoyes Spirit of the Land Show

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“Desertscapes Series”

 
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Watercolor

 
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Each 33×23″

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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.

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  • 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.

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“Winter Clouds Embrace San Gorgonio”, Watercolor, 33×23″

“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.”

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“Cacti Rose in Bloom Competes with the Majesty of a Youthful Mesquite”, Watercolor, 33×23″

 
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The Sanctuary of this Corner, in the Shade of a Creosote, Uncertainty Lurking Beyond”, Watercolor, 33×23″

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.

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“View of Desert Hot Springs”, Watercolor, 33×23″

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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“Phoenix Skies” (Cabot Lodge), Large format watercolor, 60×40″

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45-350 San Luis Rey Ave at El Paseo (across Pacific Premier Bank)

Palm Desert, CA 92260

760/674-9955

Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4, First Fridays Artwalk 4-8

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New Works by BERNARD STANLEY HOYES

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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.

"On the Syncona Mesa, Coyotes are resident Guardens." 23x33" by Bernard Stanley Hoyes “On the Syncona Mesa, Coyotes are resident Guardens.” 23×33″ by Bernard Stanley Hoyes

Syncona Mesa Rainbow

“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”

"Peaceful evening on Syncona Mesa" 12x16" watercolor by Bernard Stanley Hoyes “Peaceful evening on Syncona Mesa”…

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New Works by BERNARD STANLEY HOYES

2JD212F

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.

"On the Syncona Mesa, Coyotes are resident Guardens." 23x33" by Bernard Stanley Hoyes
“On the Syncona Mesa, Coyotes are resident Guardens.” 23×33″ by Bernard Stanley Hoyes

Syncona Mesa Rainbow

“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”

"Peaceful evening on Syncona Mesa" 12x16" watercolor by Bernard Stanley Hoyes
“Peaceful evening on Syncona Mesa” 12×16″ watercolor by Bernard Stanley Hoyes

Art life on Syncona Mesa.

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