Stories from Around the World
Bernie Major made his transition to oil paints several years ago after being a watercolorist most of his adult life. Since then he has immersed himself in this wonderful medium, exploring its endless qualities. A style has emerged rich in colour and texture. The key elements of his paintings are an appealing composition, strong contrast in value and colour and an interesting story.
Bernie has traveled around the world gathering a vast collection of material for his work. The influence of Europe, Egypt, the Caribbean and China can be seen in many of his paintings
An active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, he has won numerous awards and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions. His work is in private collections in Canada, the USA and Great Britain
Born in London, England Bernie served in the military as a young man and then joined the London Metropolitan Police, where he worked as Scotland Yard detective before emigrating to Canada in 1969. He started his own private investigation company which he ran until he retired in 1999 when he devoted all his energy to painting and became a full-time artist
Bernie lives with his wife Sue, his Labrador Retrievers and cats on acreage in South Langley, British Columbia. On his farm he has an old barn that he converted into his studio. Every week a group of local artists, now named "Artists of Bernie's Barn," get together there to paint. Periodically they display their work in group shows.
Bernie's other passion is music. He plays the tenor saxophone in the Langley Concert Band. Often, he and Sue take time out to play music together, Sue on her Clavinova piano and Bernie on his sax
Art, in all its forms is the breath of life for Bernie. Sharing his work with his family and friends is his greatest possible joy.
Showing now in Gallery n. 204 as part of our Canadian Landscapes exhibition: