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Bernard Cheese

Artist Biography

Bernard Cheese

Bernard Cheese was born in Sydenham (1925) and attended Beckenham School of Art. After an interlude in the army he took further training at the Royal College of Art (1947). There he studied under Edward Bawden and John Nash, and also Edwin La Dell.

At the Royal Academy Cheese met fellow artist Sheila Robinson. Both Cheese and Robinson worked with Bawden to produce murals for the Festival of Britain, but Bawden also influenced their move to Great Bardfield, a village in Essex where he lived, and where a number of other artists, including Michael Rothenstien, John Aldridge and Eric Ravilious also lived. Cheese and Robinson then commuted back to London to work, both to teach printmaking, Cheese at St. Martin’s School of Art, and Robinson at The Royal College of Art.

Cheese had a fascination with landscape and the patterns imposed by man onto the land, and with the kind of architecture found in the working landscape: farmhouses, fisherman’s cottages. Later he would turn increasingly to still lives, but all of his work evinces an attractive whimsicality and sense of humour.