Bernard Dick - Artist

Biography and Statement

Bernard Dick is a contemporary artist who lives in Rochester, New York.

1968: BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Illustrations and minor in printmaking

 

1969: MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Art Education.

 

1969-2001 Visual Arts Teacher: Geneseo Central School, Geneseo, NY. High School Studio Arts, Art History, Photography

 

2005-Present: Graphic Design and photography volunteer work for the Knights of Columbus Council 11411, Rochester, NY. Designed pamphlets, posters, print ads, tickets, newsletters, email communications.

 

2015-Present: Creating Digital Art

 

Presently doing plein air and studio work with acrylics on canvas board and stretched canvas

 

Statement:

 

After creating digital paintings for the past five years I have returned to painting with acrylics on canvas board or stretched canvas. I started painting with acylics back in the 60s. Plein air has recently become of interest to me and so I have started moving outdoors as well as doing studio work.

 

Travel snap shots from my childhood greatly interest me. I love revisiting, through my dad's slides, places I visited and experiences I had with my mother and father as I was growing up.

 

Dad probably had no idea how much his thousands of slides would come to mean to me.

 

My father was an amature photographer who worked for Eastman Kodak and belonged to the camera club there. Every summer we took a two week road trip up into the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, New England, through the Middle Atlantic States and around the Great Lakes. Historical places and scenic lanscapes were of high interest to them and this influenced my academic and artistic development.

 

Dad's way of seeing, which was very tradtional, formed my artistic vision. The subjects he chose to photograph and how he composed them, became my own in my adult years.


My own travels as an adult are also resources for many of my subjects.

 

The same kinds of subjects show up in my digital painting which I started doing in 2015.

 

My painting technique is essentially the same whether it is acrylic or digital. It is difficult to tell the difference standing a few feet away.

 

In my digital "paintings" I create images using a digital sketch pad plugged into a computer so that it will interact with a painting software program. As I move a stylus acoss the surface of the pad corresponding strokes and colors appear on the computer screen.

 

The software program I use offers a variety of virtual tools and brushes that can be used. I most often use the "oil" brush. A full spectrum of virtual colors in a large range of tones and intensities are available. I merely touch the virtual brush to the virtual color and begin "painting" in that color. To change color I touch a different color in the palette that is represented on the screen.

 

With digital "painting" there is nothing to hang on a wall when I have finished. The painting is on the hard disk of a computer. There are only two ways to view such images: (1) on a computer screen/monitor or (2) as a print-out of the digital image. I have the files professionally printed and framed for the purposes of display and sales.

 

Each print is individually signed and is accompanied by documentation of originality. Editions are limited to a maximum of three or five; no more than 3 or 5 prints of that image -at that size- are produced.

 

Shows:

 

2020

 

  • January: Solo Show, Canaltown Coffee Roaster, Rochester, NY. 9 works.
  • February/March: Membership Show, Genesee Valley Arts Council. Two pieces
  • February/March: MuCCC "35=5", Group Show. One piece.

 

2019

  • February/March: Membership Show, Genesee Valley Arts Council. Two pieces
  • May-June-July: Group show, Books, ETC, Macedon, NY. 9 works
  • July and August: Group show, Dansville Artworks, Dansville, NY. 3 works.
  • September and October, Solo show, Dansville Artworks, Dansville NY. 20 pieces.
  • November: Village Gallery of Calendonia, NY, Community Show. One work.

2018

  • February: Solo show, MuCCC Theatre / Gallery, Rochester, NY. Thirteen works
  • February/March: Membership Show, Genesee Valley Arts Council. Two pieces
  • April: Solo show, Starry Nites Cafe, Rochester, Approximately 10 works
  • August: Solo show, Gallery Espresso, Savannah, Georgia. Twenty-two pieces
  • September: Solo show, Canaltown Coffee Roasters, Rochester. Nine pieces
  • October: Show with Dr. Charles Nitsche, Genesee Valley Arts Council. Eight works
  • October through December, Fratelli's Resturant, Avon, NY. Nine works
  • November: Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Membership Show. One piece
  • November: Village Gallery of Calendonia, NY, Community Show. Two works
  • November and December: Dansville Art Works, Dansville, NY. Winter Show, 5 works

2017

  • Group Show Little Theater Cafe, Rochester, NY. Two pieces.
  • Group Show at Dansville Artworks, Dansville, NY. Four pieces.
  • September: Solo show at "Canaltown Coffee Roaster", Rochester, NY. Eight works.
  • July: Solo show, LittleTheater Cafe, Rochester. NY. Twenty plus works.
  • May: Solo show, Dansville Art Works, Dansville, NY
  • March 11-31: Juried show: "Image: Exploring The Influence of Photography in Contemporary Art". Globeville Riverfront Art Center, Denver, Colorado. Two digital photo art and digital painting pieces.
  • March through April: VB Brewery, Victor, NY. Twenty-five works.
  • Feb. through Mar: Juried Photo Show, Dansville Art Works, Dansville, NY. One photograph
  • Jan. through Feb: Tap and Mallet Pub Rochester, NY. Twenty-four works

2016

  • November: Starry Nites Cafe, University Avenue, Rochester, NY. Five works.
  • Oct. through Nov: Fall Show Dansville Art Works, Dansville, NY. Two pieces.
  • October: "Java Junction", Main Street, Brockport, NY. Thirteen pieces.
  • July: "Gallery Expresso", Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia. Twenty pieces.








      


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