Born in Kent in 1957, Mike Bernard trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design followed by the Royal Academy Schools from 1978—81. He has been a peripatetic teacher at his alma mater (West Surrey College of Art and Design) and at Salisbury College of Art, and elsewhere. He has received many prestigious awards including the British Institute Landseer Prize Highly Commended Award in 1990, the Laing Landscape Painting Award in 1993 and the Kingsmead Gallery Award at the RI Exhibition, Mall Galleries in 1999.
Mike exhibits regularly in the RI annual exhibitions and in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997.
Solo exhibitions since 2000
1999 John Blockley Gallery, Stow on the Wold
2000/01 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford
2002 River Fowey Gallery, Fowey, Cornwall
2002/04 David Curzon Gallery, Wimbledon
2004—1 Marine House at Beer, Devon
2003—14 Broadway Modern, Broadway
2006/09 Walker Gallery, Harrogate
2007 Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner
2007 Rowley Contemporary Art , Winchester
2008/10 Oakham Gallery, St James, London
2009/11 Panter & Hall Mayfair
2012 Bath Fine Art, Bath
2013/15 Fowey River Gallery, Fowey, Cornwall