01 Painting of the Canals of Venice, Mike Bernard’s FLOATING MARKET, with footnotes. #92

A floating market is a market where goods are sold from boats. Originating in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life, most floating markets operating today mainly serve as tourist attractions.

Mike Bernard (born 1957) is an English painter. His highly textured semi-abstract paintings are often executed in mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics; he also brings an experimental approach to watercolour and oils. Regular subjects include coastal and street scenes in the English West Country and Italy. “What attracts me most is the pattern of buildings, boats and similar features in a scene. I build a painting by putting in blocks of colour to develop a pattern which is pleasing to my eye in colours which are harmonious, bringing in feelings of spontaneity, freshness and freedom.”

Bernard was born in Dover, Kent. He trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition, Mall Galleries, Royal Festival Hall and many other galleries in London and the provinces. He has also gained awards and prizes for his paintings.

Bernard lives and works in North Devon, having moved there in 2008 from Hampshire. He is a regular contributor to The Artist magazine. More on Mike Bernard

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