Visual Art Master Bernard Stanley Hoyes
About Bernard Hoyes
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Hoyes demonstrated artistic abilities early on. When he was trotted off to live with a great aunt in rural Jamaica, his exposure to revival cults, ceremonies and rituals planted seeds deep within that would manifest as art in his later years.
Hoyes's formal art studies began at Junior Art Centre at the Institute of Jamaica. At age 15 he left Jamaica for New York City. His lessons continued at the Art Students League and Vermont Academy. A heady combination of his drive to excel and the influence of the civil rights movement placed Hoyes at the helm of propelling the Academy to institute social and cultural programs. Upon graduation he was the first recipient of the Frederick Stanley Art Award and saw the launching of the school's first formal arts department. When Hoyes attended an alumnus reception some years later, to receive the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award, he felt pride in seeing the new edifice housing a formal art department. He earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in painting and graphic design from the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
. During the 70’s he, worked intensively on his “Rag Series” which symbolize, document and prophesied his journey from a struggling artist to one of prominence. In the early 80’s he began works that recall his Afro-Caribbean roots, specifically the rituals of African Spirituality and Christianity, since the Middle Passage. In this body of work, there is a heavy emphasis on the roles and power of woman, especially in the realms of music, dance and magic. Hoyes has participated in numerous solo exhibitions here and abroad. He has created murals in the inner city of Los Angeles, Ca. He has curated exhibitions and held a position on the board at the Museum of African American in Los Angeles. Won awards of Excellence for his famous “Revival Series,” nationally and internationally. His works have been featured in numerous television and film productions, and collected internationally.
His recognition and affirmation of traditional African religion and spirituality continues to find universal appeal, stunning audiences worldwide as evidenced by his "2009 Fall Tour - Europe." Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League are among his collectors. President Barack Obama has even been photographed in front of his work. His craft has been fêted internationally in galleries around the world.
In 1997 he mounted a, 25-year Review at the Museum of African American Art and the Los Angeles Watts Towers Exhibition Center. Founded Caribbean Arts, Inc. in 1982 to publish and distribute his Fine Art prints. Still acting on the creative impulse, he has a Sculpture garden in progress on a 3 acre Mesa in Desert Hot Springs, Ca. Hoyes has developed a non-toxic etching process using an Electrolyte process and have pulled a collection of etchings since 1996. In the summer of 2006 he introduced Kensington Press Revival to the Arts community in Kingston, Jamaica. An Atelier for Printmaking, that shares Electrolyte etching with local artist. Hoyes held a 25 review of the Revival Series entitled ”Lamentation and Celebrations” at the Loves Jazz and Art Center in Omaha, NE. in 2007. His sojourn to China to live and work with Stonemasons to create the Blue Fin Tuna Commission is well documented. In 2009, he completed a three City Exhibition Tour of Europe that included an Artist residency in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Most recently Hoyes' work was on display as part of the "Places of Validation, Art & Progression" exhibit organized by the California African American Museum as part of the Getty initiative "Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980" exhibitions; and he is featured in Lyn Kienholz's coffee table New Art Encyclopedia pictorial, "L.A. Rising: SoCal Artist before 1980" also supported by the Getty Foundation.
In 2012, “Se7en Paintings, a Story in Performance”, was Staged. Choreographed dance, music, theatre Video and Visual Arts each riffing on the other, weave together a tale rooted in Jamaica’s spiritual traditions. Seven of Hoyes Iconic Paintings came to life on the Ford Theatre Stage in Los Angeles."Seven Paintings" is sure to elevate, inspire and revolutionize the way we view art in the future. And to experience the work of Bernard Hoyes' beyond seven paintings, go to http:// www.BernardHoyes.com.
The Festival in Black, held at MacArthur Park downtown Los Angeles in 79’. The Pie Lady was a cultural icon at the Festival evoking Market women who occupies public spaces as an exotic laborer carrying her seasonal produce on her head, selling her wares. The image she present, the primordial entrepreneur, reminded the Artist of the commonality of African cultural customs presented everywhere at the Crossroads of the Caribbean.
“Carnival Masquerade” By Bernard Stanley Hoyes Serigraph 60 colors 199 edition, size 30×40” 50% off
Carnival masquerade is Africa, Europe and Asia marching down a main street in costumes of the ultimate symbols of liberation. Every man surging together up out of centuries of displacement. It defines cultural boundaries as well as boundaries of the imagination. It cries of cultural magnitude and vibrancy of the human spirit. “The Image was resolved in 60 colors printed on Stonehenge 320 G. 100% rag paper. Image size 24×36″, Paper size 30×40”. Signed and numbered by the Artist. Limited to 199 with 25 artist proofs and 25 printers proofs. embossed authenticity stamp on each print. Certificates available with each print.
The Original Painting “Carnival Masquerade” Oils on Canvas, 40×60″ is from the Personage series. Rearly shown series on the influence of the Great African Spirits that transit the Middle Passage, and have survived in the transcendent Souls of All African descendent. The series deals with the vision and imagery of indelible Classical African Civilizations that have shaped Black cultures throughout the Americas. Rendered in a synthesis of the great Cuban Artist, Wilfredo Lam’s and Mexican Modernist Rufino Tamayo’s iconography. Hoyes has advance a Visual Voice as a Chorus in the Art Wilderness. This Serigraph was inspired by the Original image. Publish by Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing, and Produce at Samper Silkscreen in Los Angeles. 1996
One of the traditional costumes, this one is called “Cow Head” is worn during the Junkanoo Street parade in Jamaica during the Christmas Seasons. Boxing Day,is a British holiday, the day after christmas. Its is celebrated with much festivity and Parades. The Fear of the “Junkanoo Band” was the highlight of the parade for Children. I remember being chased into my yard, by one of these members, all the way in my house, under my bed. Haven,t been scared of anything since. it is tied to West African origins, as the costumes and conduct of the masqueraders bear similarities with the Yoruba Egun festivals. It is believed that this Celebration began during the 16th and 17th centuries in the British Colonies. The slaves were given a special holiday around Christmas time when they would be able to leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music, and costumes. After emancipation, this tradition continued, and Junkanoo has evolved from its simple origins to a formal, more organized parade with sophisticated, intricate costumes, themed music and incentive prizes. Of course, we all are familiar with the Great masquerade Festivals that is Celebrated in Trinidad.