School of Art
Bon Appétit! : lithographs and watercolours by Bernard Cheese17 June – 20 September 2002
Lithographs and watercolours by the celebrated painter-printmaker Bernard Cheese (b.1925) from the School of Art Collection. Cheese, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, studied at the Royal College of Art where he trained under Edward Bawden and Edwin la Dell. He taught printmaking at St Martin’s and Central Schools of Art and became Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths’ College, London. In the Fifties he moved to Great Bardfield in Essex where he joined and enjoyed the support and friendship of a small nucleus of artists that included Michael Rothenstein, Edward and Richard Bawden, Walter Hoyle and George Chapman.
His work delights in the patterns to be found in the landscape, whether in the vineyards of Provence, on the hillsides of north Yorkshire, or the coves and inlets of the Pembrokeshire coastline. His prints are held in many important collections: HM The Queen, Contemporary Art Society, Victoria and Albert Museum, MOMA New York, Towner Art Gallery and New York Public Library. He now lives and works near Colchester. The four- and five-colour lithographs have all been printed in small editions by the artist. Additional copies of lithographs from the 1960s to present, supplied by the artist for the show, were available for sale.