Bernadette “Bernie” Clarkson is an award-winning fine artist from the North East of England, who now lives and works in London.
She moved south after completing a BA and MFA at Newcastle University and in 2015 was awarded the Academy Studios Abroad Prize for her painting ‘Looking Back.’
This was a signature piece exploring autobiographical elements of home, relationships and the empty nest.
The prize gave her the opportunity to paint in the French countryside, en plein air, which in turn created a new shift in her work.
Bernie's primary medium is oil paint on canvas. She allows the paint to run and bleed on the canvas, creating a multi-layered piece. Colour is a continuing area of study and experimentation for her.
Her work has covered a multitude of styles with shifts in style often coinciding with surroundings and circumstances. The American artist Richard Diebenkorn continues to be a huge influence on her
Bernie works from photographs; recently her focus has been the North East coastline. She says land, sea and sky offer a backdrop to an anonymous figure or figures, which she paints in a semi-abstract style.
GIRL AT A TABLE Oil on Card 19 x 19 cms
THE DISTANT NORTHERN SHORE Oil on Canvas 100 x 46 x 3 cms
PINK TULIPS Oil on Canvas 30 x 30 x 3 cms
GIRL IN AN ORANGE DRESS Pen and pastel on paper 19 x 19 cms
TWO LOOK AT THE HOUSE Oil on Canvas 50 x 40 x 3
BLUE DOTS IN THE LANDSCAPE Acrylic on Canvas 30 x 30 x 3 cms
THE TREE Oil on Canvas 60 x 50 x 4.5 cms
PINK AND YELLOW TULIPS Oil on Canvas 30 x 27 cms
REEDS Oil on Paper 34 x 27 cms
BLUE LAKE, YELLOW LANDSCAPE Chalk and pastel on paper 35 x 21 cms