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BNG To Host Talk On Barnes Art Collection

BNG To Host Talk On Barnes Art Collection

Franklin Hill Perrell, art historian, former Chief Curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art, and co-founder of Artful Circle, will be speaking at the Bermuda National Gallery later this month in a talk entitled “A New Look at the Barnes Art Collection.” The talk will give those in attendance an updated look at the Barnes Collection in... Read more of this article

Drawings From The 1800s Donated To Museum

Drawings From The 1800s Donated To Museum

An album containing 39 watercolour and pencil drawings that depict landscapes of Bermuda and local activities from 1833–36 was recently donated to the National Museum of Bermuda. This exquisite album contains panoramic and harbour views, and scenes of 19th century activities such as whale processing, shipwreck salvage, boat repair, selling fish and... Read more of this article

American Painter’s WWII Bermuda Connection

American Painter’s WWII Bermuda Connection

Floyd MacMillan Davis was an American painter and illustrator who was stationed in Bermuda in the 1940s as a war correspondent, using his artistic talents to capture life of that era. Known for his work in marketing and advertising for nearly two decades before beginning to work with Life Magazine, Davis was described as “someone who could capture... Read more of this article

Noted New Zealand Painter’s Bermuda Works

Noted New Zealand Painter’s Bermuda Works

Although he may be best known today as the father of Trappist monk Thomas Merton — whose highly influential autobiography “Seven Storey Mountain” [1948] prompted thousands of World War II veterans, students and even teenagers to flock to monasteries across the US — New Zealand-born artist Owen Merton [1887–1931] was an accomplished... Read more of this article

Irish Artist’s Underwater Bermuda Drawings

Irish Artist’s Underwater Bermuda Drawings

In the early 1930s celebrated Irish artist and author Robert Gibbings visited Bermuda twice and — using special diving apparatus –made underwater pencil sketches of the marine life among the island’s reefs. Most famous for his work as a wood engraver and sculptor as well as for his books on travel and natural history, most of his underwater... Read more of this article

An American Master’s Bermuda Roots

An American Master’s Bermuda Roots

The premier African-American Abstract Expressionist of his generation, Norman Wilfred Lewis was the son of parents who had emigrated to New York from Bermuda in the early 20th century. Mr. Lewis [1909-1979] was born in Harlem to Bermudians Diana and Wilfred Lewis. As a youth, Mr. Lewis held various jobs throughout his schooling but knew he wanted to... Read more of this article

Classic Bermuda Civil War Painting Is For Sale

Classic Bermuda Civil War Painting Is For Sale

A classic watercolour of a Confederate cruiser painted in Bermuda when the warship wasn’t wreaking havoc on US Navy vessels during the American Civil War [1861-1865] has been offered for sale by a Virginia gallery. The watercolour “Florida — Running Before A Gale” has been attributed to Bermuda-based Edward James and was painted... Read more of this article

NYC Exhibit Of Rare Bermuda Paintings

NYC Exhibit Of Rare Bermuda Paintings

New York’s Hawthorne Fine Art recently held a rare exhibition of Bermuda landscapes by Clark Greenwood Voorhees, the originator of the Connecticut-based Old Lyme school of Impressionism. Running from December 8, 2012 through January 18, 2013, “Isles of Tranquility: Paintings of Bermuda by Clark Greenwood Voorhees” was only the second... Read more of this article

Historic Painting Seized In Bermuda Resurfaces

Historic Painting Seized In Bermuda Resurfaces

Seized in Bermuda during World War Two [1939-1945] as part of a priceless collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art being shipped to the US to raise money for Nazi espionage activities in North America, a long-lost watercolour by Paul Cézanne has re-surfaced in Canada’s National Gallery in Ottawa. The painting “Groupe d’arbres”... Read more of this article

Masterworks Discovers 1855 Bermuda Photo

Masterworks Discovers 1855 Bermuda Photo

The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art has recently purchased a very rare daguerreotype of St. George’s, which will go on display shortly. It is, in all likelihood, one of the earliest known photographic images of the island, said a Masterworks spokesman. “We are confident Henry Whittemore, who was an itinerant American daguerreotypist and... Read more of this article

“Oz” Artist Denslow: The Who Would Be King

“Oz” Artist Denslow: The Who Would Be King

The title character in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is an eccentric circus illusionist and balloonist blown to a magical kingdom where he poses as an all-powerful sorcerer. In a move at least partly inspired by the supreme ruler of that imaginary land, American artist W.W. Denslow banished himself to Bermuda and used the profits he made... Read more of this article

Richard Saunders: Bearing Witness To History

Richard Saunders: Bearing Witness To History

The Bermuda National Gallery celebrated his work in 2012 with a retrospective exhibition entitled “Witness To History” — as apt a description of Bermudian photojournalist Richard Saunders as any. Mr. Saunders [1922-1987] contributed to publications such as “Ebony”, “Life”, “Look”, “Fortune”,... Read more of this article

Premier Cox Receives “Hall Of History” Book

Premier Cox Receives “Hall Of History” Book

Last week Premier Paula Cox received a copy of the National Museum of Bermuda’s new book, “Hall of History: Bermuda’s Story in Art.” The recently published book showcases artist Graham Foster’s mural at Commissioner’s House, Dockyard. The large-format edition, features the unprecedented 1,000-square-foot artwork in 208 full-colour... Read more of this article