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Bernard Corey

 (1914 - 2000)
Bernard Corey was active/lived in Massachusetts.  Bernard Corey is known for landscape, marine and coastal view painting.

Bernard Corey

Biography from the Archives of askART

New England landscape painter, Bernard Corey executes paintings en plein aire with sure, realistic impressionism.

Memberships include the Rockport AA, Salmagundi Club, Academic Artists Association, The Allied Artists of America, Providence Water Color Club and the Guild of Boston Artists.

His awards include: The Lazare Barth Award, North Shore AA (1964; Academic Artist Association First Place for watercolor (1964), Helen Gould Kennedy Award (1973), Morton Donald Cotch Award (1976), Samuel Armour Award (1981), N.E. Heritage Award (1988), Rockport Art Association (many awards including) Peg Leg Award (1971), Eliot Award (1972), Hibbard and the Geddes Awards (1974, 1978), Colburn Award (1977), Everett Award (1979), Salmagundi Club, NYC (many awards including) L.B. Seley Award (1971, 1976), Thumb Box Show (1974, 1977), Winsor & Newton Award (1986, 1987)); Hudson Valley Art Association, C.H. Davis Award (1981), Providence Watercolor Club, lst Prize (1972); Lester House, New York City, Guy Award (1977), Gold Medal (1978), Allied Artists of America, Gold Medal of Honor (1973); Academic Artists Assoc., Gold Medal (1975) and many more.

Corey died of cancer on March 23, 2000.  His funeral was at the Rooney Funeral Home with a Eulogy given by art historian Patricia Jobe Pierce. (Obituary, The Boston Globe, p. B6, 3/25/00. Obituary, "Bernard Corey," Patricia Jobe Pierce, Maine Antique Digest, p. 4-A, May 2000.)

Other Literature: Antiques & the Arts Weekly, "Plein Air Paintings at Wiscasset," p. 18, July 16, 1996; American Artist, "Bernard Corey on the Spot," Charles Movalli, 8/1978.
Pallette Talk #63, "The World's At the Tip of My Brush," Bernard Corey, 1985

Submitted by Patricia Jobe Pierce, Pierce Galleries

Biography from the Archives of askART
Bernard Corey was a plein-air landscape painter who was born in Grafton, Massachusetts where he lived most of his life.  He was recognized for his landscape paintings using oils and watercolors and almost to the time of his death, painted on location at many New England shores and countrysides.

He was a member of The Allied Artists Society, The Salmagundi Club of New York City, The Guild of Boston Artists, The Hudson Valley (NY) Art Association, The North Shore Art Association, The Academic Artists Society, The American Artists Professional League, The American Watercolor Society, and The Rockport Art Association.

He was a founding member of The Blackstone Valley Art Association.

Kitty Recchia, Artists of the Rockport Art Association, 1940

Biography from Marin-Price Galleries
Bernard Corey, known and loved for his delicate New England landscapes, is considered one of the best New England plein air artists of the 20th century.

Corey was born on September 3, 1914 in Grafton, Massachusetts. He lived his entire life in the house that his grandfather built in South Grafton. From an early age he grew to have a deep love of nature and spent a lot of time in the woods surrounding his home. His love of art also began at an early age, and he was encouraged by his parents to develop his drawing skills. Although he had no formal art training, he taught himself to render nature in oils and watercolors. For twenty-five years he worked painting houses and hanging wallpaper while his landscape painting remained a hobby.

In the early sixties he made the decision to dedicate his live to being an artist. He moved to Rockport for a short time to hone his skills and quickly established himself as a professional artist. He returned to South Grafton to continue painting and taught in the Douglas, Massachusetts public schools. Teaching the value of art to young children was very important to him, because he felt it would stay with them throughout their lives. He opened the world of art to hundreds of young people and both inspired and challenged hundreds of other accomplished artists with his devotion to open-air drawing and painting. He also gave private instruction to adults from his home.

Corey always drew his inspiration from nature. He felt that it was necessary to paint directly from the source as opposed to working in the studio or from photographs. He painted a variety of subject matter, in oils and watercolors, on location throughout New England. The weather never stopped him, as he painted outdoors in all seasons. He had an easel attached to the dashboard of his car so that he could paint in rain, sleet or snow. Art was a way to share the beauty of nature and he strived to capture the moods created by its changing effects and elusive quality of light. He had the talent, artistic maturity and the ability to confront and capture nature at its finest hour.

Bernard Corey did indeed live to paint. During his long and productive lifeime he achieved national recognition winning numerous medals and hundreds of awards. He was an active member of the American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Guild of Boston Artists, Academic Artists Society, Providence Watercolor Club, Rockport Art Association North Shore Art Association, Salmagundi Club, Hudson Valley Art Association, American Artists Professional League, and the Blackstone Valley Art Association.

Corey's friends and painting companions included Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, Paul Strisik, Tom Nicholas, T.M. Nicholas, Marty Ahern, W. Lester Stevens, Stow Wengenroth, Don Stone, Michael Graves, John Loughlin, Bob Duffy, Bill Heffernan, T.A. Charron, and Bob Aleila.

Bernard Corey died on March 23, 2000. He touched many people through his paintings and through his strength of character. The artwork he created during his life ensures that his vision of beauty will live on.

Biography from William R Talbot Fine Art
Bernard Corey (1914-2000) is a 20th-century American Impressionist painter.  While Corey is identified with the historic Gloucester-Rockport Art Colony, he worked in many locations throughout New England and was associated with the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Hudson Valley Art Association, the Providence Water Color Club, the Guild of Boston Artists, Allied Artists of America, as well as the Rockport Art Association.

A self-trained artist, Corey worked as a house painter as a young man, his landscape painting remaining a hobby. Then, in the early 1960s, he decided to dedicate himself to art and lived for some time in Rockport, honing his skills in the company of other artists. Throughout his life, Corey was admired by other artists for his dedication to painting on location, for long hours, in all kinds of weather. He went so far as to attach an easel to the dashboard of his car so that he could paint in rain, sleet or snow. His friendships with other artists extended to working together—literally in the field.

His many associates included Marty Ahern, Bob Aiello, T. A. Charron, Bob Duffy, Michael Graves, Emile Gruppe, Bill Heffernan, Aldro Hibbard, John Loughlin, Tom Nicholas, W. Lester Stevens, Don Stone, Paul Strisik, and Stow Wengenroth. Corey continued to paint outdoors well into his eighties, achieving national recognition, and winning hundreds of awards.

Rockport is a superb example of the American school of plein air Impressionism.

Refs.: Bernard Corey, "The World's At the Tip of My Brush" (Palette Talk, #63, 1985); Charles Movalli, "Bernard Corey on the Spot" (American Artist, August, 1978); The Rockport Art Association, Artists of the Rockport Art Association, A Pictorial Record (1940).

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About  Bernard Corey

Born:  1914 - Grafton, Massachusetts
Died:   2000
Known for:  landscape, marine and coastal view painting