Visual art master Bernard Stanley Hoyes is swirling his magical paint brush once again. The artist/sculptor traveled the globe last year, making headlines with his New York installation of a six-foot blue fin tuna sculpture, titled “The Grand Catch,” which he crafted from granite in Fuzhou City in the Fujian Province of China, and then touring Amsterdam and Germany on his “2009 Fall Tour-Europe.” The Bluebird Art House will now experience his kaleidoscope of vision with a new show entitled “Landscapes; flora and fauna, watercolor impressions of the Land in transition” on May 8, 2010 in Whittier, CA. The Bluebird Art House is located at 6747 Bright Avenue in Whittier.
Hoyes is well recognized for his wizardry with a paint brush. His uncanny ability to recreate reality on canvas has continuously defied logic. Viewers are seduced into a vision of multi-dimensionality as his creations beckon senses that reach beyond mere sight. Summoning creativity from a deep and insightful space, Hoyes channels from revered ancestral souces. His ability to hone such sensitivity within his work heightens the vibrational flow and tempers a mood far beyond the canvas’ border.
“I took a direct and intuitive approach in rendering the spirit of the Land. My emphasis is on contemplation of Nature and its offering of Spiritual Satisfaction. The compositions are more suggestive and less descriptive. I relied on the controlled recession of details through plane after plane, allowing the observer to wander across, into the picture space, in a kind of vicarious experience of Nature. These works have been my meditation,” cites Hoyes.
Hoyes’s formal art studies began at Junior Art Centre at the Institute of Jamaica. At age 15 he left Jamaica for New York City. His art studies continued at the Art Students League and Vermont Academy. A heady combination of his drive to excel at art and the influence of the civil rights movement placed Hoyes at the helm of propelling the Academy to institute social and cultural programs. Upon graduation he was the first recipient of the Frederick Stanley Art Award and saw the launching of the school’s first formal arts department. When Hoyes attended an alumnus reception some years later he felt pride in seeing the new edifice housing a formal art department. He earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in painting and graphic design from the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
His recognition and celebration of traditional African religion and spirituality continues to find universal appeal, stunning audiences worldwide as evidenced by his collectors, Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League. Selections of Hoyes’ work have been featured in several television shows including the Showtime hit series, “Dexter,” and President Barack Obama has even been photographed in front of his work. His craft has been celebrated internationally in galleries around the world. Hoyes is currently developing a sculpture garden on a three acre mesa in Desert Hot Springs, CA.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Hoyes demonstrated artistic abilities early on. Heavily influenced by his great aunt in rural Jamaica, he was exposed to revival cults, ceremonies and rituals, planting seeds deep within that would manifest as art in his later years. The colorful blossoms from those seeds continue to bloom at the Bluebird Art House.