New Exhibit by Artist Bernard Hoyes Opens Sunday at San Bernardino County Museum

By on November 17, 2019

The San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum is opening a new exhibit by artist Bernard Hoyes on Sunday, Nov. 17. Hoyes is an artist working in multiple disciplines including performance, painting, watercolor and murals. He is a Coachella Valley resident, Jamaican born, African-American, and is primarily recognized as a contemporary painter.

“Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change,” is an exhibition of large-scale watercolors and speaks to the artist’s experience with the ecological life of the desert. Hoyes was raised in a family rooted in Jamaica’s revivalist church and his memories of religion and rituals have influenced his artistic productivity throughout his life. His celebration of traditional African religion and spirituality continues to find universal appeal.

Working from a highly intuitive space, Hoyes captures spiritual realms on canvas in a radiant and brilliant essence. He inspires the viewer to transcend into new dimensions, and regardless of the genre, all of his work has an undercurrent of spirituality. The works in this show reveal a controlled recession of details, plane after plane, allowing the observer to wander into the picture space for a vicarious experience of nature.

Hoyes’ work has been exhibited in numerous regional museums including the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, Riverside Art Museum, Mission Inn Museum and the Palm Springs Art Museum. His mural projects include a large-scale work on the exterior wall Church of St. Paul’s in downtown Palm Springs, and most recently, a mural in Kingston, Jamaica as part of the Kingston Creative’s #PaintTheCity project, to revitalize the downtown. The private collections of many notables include works by Hoyes including those of Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Helene Galen, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League, amongst others.

The SBC Museum will hold an opening reception for Hoyes on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission to the museum is: $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students with identification, and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and parking is free. The “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change” exhibit will run through Sunday, March 8, 2020. For additional information, visit: www.sbcounty.gov/museum.