BERNARD FALLON: Light, Lens & Paint
Bernard Fallon: Light, Lens & Paint presents a sampling of painting and photography by the artist that spans decades, from early works made in his hometown, Liverpool, England, to current paintings of the Palos Verdes shoreline.
For many artists, regardless of genre, their artwork expresses personalized reactions to the world around them that can resonate with universal appeal. Bernard Fallon is such an artist, utilizing his many talents and personal accounts to connect his vision with a further-reaching human experience.
Fallon began reflecting upon his own localized environment in his native Liverpool, not only using his paintbrush and canvas, but also his camera and black-and-white film. Bargemen working at the docks nearby spoke to him of survival in an industrialized seascape. Human interaction with the sea would become a major subject throughout his career.
The artist moved to Southern California where his canvases brightened with the light and color of the Pacific coastline. Afterwards, he would return to his hometown of Liverpool to paint the seascape of his youth with fresh vision. In his Iron Man paintings, sculptures of the silhouette of a man replaced the black smoke of factories.
Although his new life in California would not be without its struggles, Fallon continued to produce silver-lined visions. Hope was created as his wife battled cancer – a brightly optimistic golden light shines just beyond a cold, closed, heavy oak door. Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fallon again turned to his unfaltering muse, the sea. Somewhat abstracted depictions of Portuguese Bend confidently assert an attitude of hope through his application of unblended sections of color. Inspired by the Fauves, this new body of work repeats the seascape in a wide array of vibrant possibilities.
Bernard Fallon is an ever-evolving artist and PVAC is fortunate to have him both as a reflective artist and instructor.
– Aaron Sheppard
Bernard Fallon’s work has been shown at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Long Beach Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum, Pasadena Museum of Californian Art, Torrance Art Museum, the Autry Museum of the American West, and at the U. S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
Most recently he has been exhibiting at the Art Directors Guild in NoHo at Gallery 800.
Fallon is an artist member of the Redondo Beach Art Group, PVAC Artists Open Group, and P V Painters. He is also a long-standing member of the California Art Club, and a charter member of the Pastel Society of Southern California.
He is also an author, and wrote a memoir, Bernard Fallon’s Liverpool, to accompany an exhibition of his photographs at the Liverpool Museum Conservation Centre in 2007.
This Fall at The Studio School he is teaching the online class Benefits of Still Life Painting.
“The direct observation and painting of Still Life in the studio or on the kitchen table is essential for students of all levels. Any form of painting, whether abstract, illusion, portraiture, landscape or plein air, have their foundation in the knowledge of Still Life. After all, the exterior world is linked not just how our minds understand it, but how our eyes perceive it, too. Various objects are subject to careful scrutiny, while composition, perspective, color and brushwork are practiced and refined with a series of interactive exercises. Classes are conducted with humor and sincerity with general references to contemporary and historical masters of Still Life.”
Register now at https://pvartcenter.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=237315