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BerniE

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About the Artist:   
                                                           
Colorful expression and artistic zeal has become the way BerniE. renders his subjects in a strong, graphic fashion through a variety of mediums.  He purposely alludes a distinctive style in order to provide his collectors with an array of choices and styles. 


At his showings his audience is often awe struck by the diverse range of mediums he works in.  Many of his art viewers and collectors are overheard saying; "Oh....and that's a BerniE. too!".  He is influenced by artists John H. Biggers and Charles Bibbs.
 
Born Morton Bernard Edmonds, a native of Los Angeles, South Central area.  After graduating with honors from Crenshaw High School, he continued his education at California State Dominguez Hills, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Public Administration.  He currently resides in Moreno Valley with his lovely wife, Adrena Edmonds and their two children, Morton(II) and Alicia.  BerniE. states that his family is the source of his inspiration and motivation to be a successful artist. 
 
Motivated by a desire to gain a wider clientele, after some 10 years of private collectors consisting of close friends and family, BerniE. decided to put his images o­n the public market.  As a result, his art works have continually gained value and notoriety.
 
BerniE. has been credited by a long list of patrons; Warner Bros. Studios, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Dawnn Lewis, Najee and Oprah Winfrey, just to name a few.  His credits also include designing the "Amazing Love Award", "Corretta Scott King Award", "Reginald F. Lewis Award"- Business Person Of The Year Award, "Kwaanza Award" - 30th. Anniversary Commemoration, and the Black Voice Foundation, "Women Of Achievement Award" .  Other credits that gives him pride and honors is that of having his works grace the sets of several television sitcoms.  His works have been recognized by audiences watching shows such as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Living Single" , "In The House" and "The Jamie Foxx Show".   In addition to BerniE.'s credits is that of being featured in the November 1994, "Artist's Edition" of UPSCALE MAGAZINE, a national publication, the March 1997 edition of INLAND EMPIRE MAGAZINE and the June 1998 & March 1999 editions of IMAGES MAGAZINE, an international artist publication.
 
BerniE. aides various organizations in fund raisers. He has assisted organizations such as "The Institute For Black Parenting" (an adoption and foster care agency) and "Five Acres" (a children's orphanage) and various others in raising over $250,000.00. 
 
A statement from the artist, "I often reflect o­n characteristics of the spirit of emotion and hope to connect you by an emotional bonding and identification with the subjects in my works".  "I give you me!"  Thank you for your patronage.

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