Privately commissioned and collected for decades, the works of M. Bernard Edmonds, I (BerniE.) connect emotional spirit and hopeful expression through paintings, statues, glass art, and monuments. BerniE. creates distinctive art reflective of the influences of Picasso, Erte’, Tina Allen and John H. Biggers while being its own recognized for its strong, graphic visual array. Patrons have included Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Najee, Dawnn Lewis, Chip Fields, CBS, NBC and (The Simpson’s Animator) Klasky Csupo Studios.
BerniE. his art adorned the sets of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Living Single”, “In The House” and “The Jamie Foxx Show”. Artistic credits also include design of:
Amazing Love Award
Corretta Scott King Award
Reginald F. Lewis Award
Business Person of the Year Award and
Kwaanza Award, 30th Anniversary Commemoration
Leaders of Distinction Award
BerniE. was commissioned by The Black Voice News & Foundation, Inc. to sculpt the bust of Booker T. Washington, which is on permanent display at the Historic Mission Inn, in Riverside, California. He has produced a television documentary on African American Art in Riverside, featuring four prominent African American artists in the Inland Empire.
Faith and family are the sources of inspiration for expressing himself creatively and as a strong, lifelong engaged citizen of his community. BerniE. helps causes and organizations in fund raisers with donated art used in auctions, and through providing marketing materials, event designs, and platforms to showcase their events. The Institute for Black Parenting, an adoption and foster care agency, Five Acres” (a children’s orphanage), Alzheimer’s Association of America, ICAREALZ, Lupus Foundation, churches and other non-profit agencies are among those he has help bring in $550,000.00. His work demonstrates his beliefs.
Edmonds, a native of South-Central Los Angeles, graduated with Honors from high school and college. He earned his Bachelor of Science from California State Dominguez Hills at his parents’ behest, only to gravitate toward his true passion, Art. Because his family was unable and refused to support him to go to Art School, BerniE. pursued art classes at local colleges, and eventually was trained by private painting and sculpting coaches. He honed his graphic design skills via on-line courses and started Business images, Inc., where his is the Owner, Lead Graphic Designer, Web & App Developer and Digital Magazine Publisher.
After years of being in the homes of private collectors, family and friends BerniE now seeks to share his creativity, vision and message by offering his works on the public market. BerniE.’s art work is available nationally through art galleries and print dealers. Interest parties can find his work online at www.Bernieart.com.