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 Alfred Birdsey  (1912 - 1996)

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Lived/Active: Bermuda      Known for: watercolor landscape, marine and street scene painting

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Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Alfred Birdsey was a watercolor painter in Bermuda known for his landscapes of Hamilton, St. Georges and the surrounding sailboats, homes, and bays of Bermuda. He also did mural work in Boston, New York and Bermuda.

Of him in a 2012 tourist guide, Elbow Beach Cycles, it is written: "The paintings of Alfred Birdsey played an important part in changing the way Bermuda was seen abroad and became regular additions to many collections around the world. Alfred Birdsey is most known for his impressionistic representations of the island landscapes, harbours, boats, backstreets, seascapes, homes and bays. Some of the paintings also have an Asian influence."

He painted some sailboat artwork that was used to promote the America's Cup when it is sailed from Newport, RI, USA to Bermuda.

In Bermuda, his studio was in the back garden of his home in Rosecote in Paget from 1968 until his death in 1996.

Alfred Birdsey stood alone for most of the second half of the 20th century as the only modernist painter working in Bermuda. Entirely self-taught, it is believed he started painting in 1927 at the age of 16.

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