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.
We are excited to announce a new class at DESERT ART CENTER- Non Toxic Electrolyte Etching with BERNARD HOYES. Four Consecutive Thursdays, January 12-February 2nd 9am-12pm.
$175 for four (4) classes $65 for all supplies
Our experienced instructor will guide students through the entire process, from creating their own plates to printing their final pieces. All materials will be provided, so all you need to bring is your creativity and enthusiasm. Students own original drawing will be transferred to their prepared plate. The traced drawing will be scratched using different marking tools. Supplies, includes zinc plates, inks, Asphaltum and paper to complete an edition over the four Thursday sessions.
This class is perfect for those who are interested in printmaking but want to explore safer methods. In this class, students will learn how to create prints using Electrolyte non toxic etching technique. These methods eliminate the need for harsh chemicals traditionally used in etching, making the process safer for both the artist and the environment.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try your hand at printmaking while also being mindful of your impact on the planet. Spaces are limited, so be sure to sign up soon to secure your spot. We can’t wait to see the beautiful prints you create in this exciting new class!
Serigraphy is a time honored technique... This classic method involves labor processes based on stenciling, for creating prints by hand. It is expensive! It begins by determining how many colors are represented in the original painting. The print studio makes a separate screen for each color to be printed. If there are 70 colors printed, there must be 70 screens prepared created by a chromist (hand color separator artist) that simulate one to one the brush stroke or texture of the artist. Emoltions are embedded into the screen that block out negative or positive areas that the ink will passed through. A squeegee is used to squeeze the colors through onto the canvas or paper. The print grows with every color printing, becoming richer and more complete, until the artist is satisfied. On an average day, 1 to 2 colors can be printed. At the finishing stage a texture varnish applied. After each hand mixed color is printed, they are layed out on printing racks to dry. After approximately two to three hours, the next color can be printed. Oil based inks (base and pigments) can take longer. An edition of 300, with 70 colors can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months to complete. Serigraphs are truly "Limited Editions” In order to control their rarity once an edition is completed the drawings and stencils are destroyed, as are the screens. Also, each print is slightly different, as each screen is hand pulled, adding to the rarity enhances the collector value and owning a serigraph print is a good art purchasing decision!
Auntie Iris is the entrepreneur of the lane. She is the first out the gate in the mornings. Her strawBasket is layered out with Produces for sale during her walkabout during the day. Tamarind balls, Paradise plums, Peanuts, gums is arranged so the basket is well balanced on her head. She is usually stationed outside the gate after School let’s out. She council, she scold, she is security for the youths at her station. Auntie Iris smile is the biggest and brightest, each tooth space is filled with gold fillings, spaced evenly between each tooth, can’t help to showoff her upmarket status. She is a woman of means. She takes pride in the exchanges she Labour at daily, that allow her young costumers the satisfaction of rewarding themselves after a day of learning.
A day by the river as time stand still. Women communing with nature, gather together in a weekly ritual of washing. Much singing, chatting and laughter is heard with the river flowing providing the gossip intones and murmurs.
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.