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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://

“Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change”Exhibition extended.

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“RAGS IN THE SANDS OF TIME” The Evolving Rag Series

Syncona Skies
BERNARD STANLEY HOYES                 “Syncona Skies, mixed Medium 30×40”

Rags on Earth

The opening of a new show this season in Palm Desert introduced the Art Public to Bernard Stanley Hoyes’s Rag series. In contex that has the earth, the dirt, the grains of Sands combined with the textures of the Rags in concert.  Tones of browns and beiges are highlighted to values that relies on the natural realm.




“Rags in Sand” mixed medium on Canvas, 30×40″


Lairs, Den, and Burrows
BERNARD  HOYES “Lairs Den and Burrows” Mixed Medium 38×46″

Since 1992, Hoyes adopted the Etching medium as a means of expression, for its details, its intimacy and craftsmanship. The deliberate implied rhythmic lines and tonal gestures of The Revival Series (for which he is well known) have found new life.

The mediums fluidity, intimate scale, and delicate calligraphic lines has becomes a personal kind of gesture, like a private note or letter evoking different emotional textures. A body of work like the Rag Series, with its imperfect lines with rich textures and nuanced tonalities, has found new terrain.

“My Artistic concerns has been with spiritual testimonies, using Contemporary expressions as the driving force to established a Visual Voice. Speaking and Calling to our inner spirit, beckoning into worlds and regions of  sacredness and sanctified offerings in search of the life force. My new works have gotten transformative.”

“Se7en Paintings a Story in Performance” An Interdisciplinary  Performance at the FORD

Proof being, bringing a selection of the Revival Series Paintings to life, to tell a Story on Stage. An Interdisciplinary creative force, using Visual Arts, Video, Dance, African Drums and Voices. The production titled, “Se7en Paintings, a Story in Performance”, premiered at the Ford Amphitheater Stage in Los Angeles in 2012.

A unified science of all my art that went before, including neglected concepts and synthesis of varied medium, as expressed in the multidisciplinary “Seven Paintings”. This Art Performance is sure to elevate, inspire and revolutionize the way we view art in the future. To experience the work of Bernard Stanley Hoyes’ beyond seven paintings, go to

Unique Contemporary Graphics by Bernard Stanley Hoyes. Rag impressions reflect ancestral connections to contemporary life. Done in a spontaneous technique. A rag laden with ink is cast onto paper as a fisherman would cast his net in the sea. When lifted a print remains suggesting and delineating forms, mass and movement. Details added by the artist free the images into compositions with vitality and power

bh-Rags on the Horizon, aCivilization in my Past

“Rags on my Horizon, a Civilization in my Past” mixed medium on paper, 24×36

New insights in my application of the Painting discipline have since emerged as a result. There  are   a  few  from  the  Rag  series,  which  are  well  known.  “Where  she  found  her  wings”  “Rag  Nouveau”  and  “Rag  in  Vogue”  All  inspired  by  the  notion  of  having  arrived,  irregardless of  how  we  got  there,  Ragged,  but  aspiring  in  style. A Modernist discourse has evolved. Raw Materials, technology, and raw textures have appeared. Templates harkening back to the Rag Series of the Seventies, when Raw materials and graphics were prevalent in my Artistic exploration.”

Fortunes Bride
Bernard Stanley Hoyes “Fortune’s Bride (Rags) mixed Medium 38×60”




BERNARD STANLEY HOYES “In a Rag Mood” mixed medium on Canvas, 30×40