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 Bernard L. D'Andrea  (1923 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/South Carolina      Known for: magazine illustration, commercial art, abstract painting

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Bernard L D'Andrea
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The Light is the Light is the Light
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by Ruth Campagna:

Mr. D'Andrea was a successful illustrator in New York City in the 1950's, and his illustrations were published in major national magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, National Geographic, and The Saturday Evening Post.

In the late 1950's, he began attending classes at the Brooklyn Museum School, taught by Reuben Tam, a respected modern painter.  Tam introduced De'Andrea to Abstract Expressionism, which became the means by which D'Andrea responded to the turbulent 1960's.  His works such as Vietnam, Rape of the '60s, Lord of the Flies, and Follow the Drinking Gourd record D'Andrea's passionate reaction to the social and political tumult of the period.

In the 1970's, D'Andrea's work took a more personal turn, and, in the mid-1970's, he stopped producing personal paintings.  He lost his first wife, well-known illustrator Lorraine Fox, to lung cancer in 1976, and remarried in 1980.  The newlywed couple moved to New Jersey, and D'Andrea began to paint again for himself, this time turning to the countryside for inspiration, and began producing animated, stylistic landcapes.  He later moved to Hilton Head, S.C., and took the marine scenery of the Low Country as his subject.  His work such as The Light is the Light is the Light are affirmative spiritual statements that reflect his interest in the redemptive qualities of nature. Recent major works such as Tuscan Netscape explore the magnificent landscape of Italy, home of his parents.

The first retrospective of D'Andrea's work was exhibited at the Telfair Museum of Art, from June 30 to September 5, 2004. He continues to paint in his 8th decade.

Source: Information was derived from Bernard D'Andrea: Five Decades of Evolution, published by the Telfair Museum of Art, and written by Holly Koons McCullough, Curator.

Biography from Morris & Whiteside Galleries:
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Bernard D'Andrea had artistic talent that manifested itself at an early age.  He received a full scholarship to Pratt Institute and was drafted into the army during his third year of study.  It is there that he began his first job in the art field by illustrating the army training manuals.

After his miltary service D'Andrea began a career in advertising, working at a major agency in New York, Cooper Studios.  Citing Norman Rockwell as one of his inspirations during this time, D'Andrea created illustrations for publications such as Good Housekeeping, Saturday Evening Post, and National Geographic.  Successful at this profession, D'Andrea continued producing illustrations for almost fifty years, his work becoming strongly influenced during the 1960's and 1970's by the new movement of Abstract Expressionism.

After many years in illustration, D'Andrea began taking painting classes at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  It was there that D'Andrea began to be inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock, Willem Kooning, Arshile Gorky and other artists of the New York School.

Over many decades, the artwork of D'Andrea has evolved from Rockwell inspired illustrations to large abstract canvases frought with personal meaning and emotion.

Currently living in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, D'Andrea continues to explore the methods and practice of abstract expressionist painting.

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