Bernard Stanley Hoyes Spirit of the Land Show

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“Desertscapes Series”

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Each 33×23″


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.

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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

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


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Palm Desert, CA 92260


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