Artist of the Month: Bernard G Mills
1 How long have you been at Phoenix?
Monica Ross’ (whose studio mine was previously—and still is to some extent) died of cancer in June 2013 and I moved in the following October(ish).
2. What are you working on at the moment?
Just completed the framing of photographs for the second Monica Ross: A Critical Fine Art Practice exhibition which is open at Gallery North, the Northumbria University Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne from 2 March to 8 April (now).
Also preparing a piece for the exhibition Present Tense by Phoenix resident artists in May.
Continuing with my Fire Guard and Extra-Ordinary Objects photographs, my Morning Tunes paintings and the digitisation of the Monica Ross Archive (and other stuff).
3. Which media do you like to use?
I mostly use a digital photographic process—even when working with film originals.
I use Liquitex acrylic for my painting series as it suits my way of working and I like the colours.
4. Which other artists do you admire?
That’s a difficult question and demands a big answer which is: Lots… I admire lots of artists. For example: Atget, Brassaï, Raoul Coutard (cinematographer), Sophie Calle, Henri Cartier-Bresson (photo-journalist), Jean Luc Godard (auteur), Man Ray, etcetera, etcetera; too many to think of—and loads of musicians.
5. What would you recommend to go see?
Photo London and Paris Photo to see the vast and diverse range of excellent photography.
I have not yet been to these yet but both Rauschenberg and Hockney at Tate Britain should be interesting
6. Is there a piece of work you’re particularly proud of?
Of my work: I’m not sure that ‘proud’ is the right word but I am somewhat pleased with a 2-hour video piece that cannot be shown in public due to copyright issues.
I’m very pleased to have worked with Monica Ross for forty years.
For more about Bernard, see his website.
Take a look at the Artist of the Month archive here and make sure to check back next month to see who’s featured!