Bernard Greaves’ thickly applied oil paintings depicting portraiture and coastal landscapes are a result of his experimentations with colour, form, and personal memories. He works energetically and spontaneously, examining his surroundings in a fluid, evocative, and spontaneous way. His use of palette knives developed from his admiration of contemporary Australian artists including Ben Quilty, Nicholas Harding and Paul Ryan, with the knife allowing large amounts of paint to be picked up and applied quickly, emphasising movement and personality within his work.
Bernard comes to his painting from a design background, having completed a Bachelor of design in Architecture and working in the design and construction industry before transitioning to a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School. Bernard currently works from his Surry Hills studio where he surrounds himself with other artists to help inspire and push his practice forward.
Bachelor of Design in Architecture, UTS
Exhibition: Coast at Two Wolves
Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School