Felix Bernasconi ARCA
Felix Bernasconi ARCA dedicated much of his long life to capturing in paint the scenery of his beloved Norfolk. Trained at the Royal Academy under the eye of three ‘Greats’ of British art – Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and John Nash – after distinguished war service, Felix joined Jarrold the well-known Norwich printing company, as head of their design studio. From the 1940s onwards he spent weekends and holidays creating hundreds of paintings and sketches of scenes which today perfectly evoke the county as it used to be.
Only after his death in 2001 were literally hundreds of his paintings salvaged from almost certain destruction by a friend and companion, John Bridges, who set about conserving and cataloguing the collection, realising the importance of his find. It was these paintings that made up the body of the superb book, “Norfolk’s Hidden Landscapes”, combined with a story of the artist himself compiled from family papers and memories of those who knew him and were part of a near sell out exhibition staged in the Picturecraft Gallery in Holt during November of 2009. Following this incredible exhibition, Julie Rainger and the BBC filmed John and a number of Felix’s paintings for Inside Story, part of the One Show.
The Gallery, Picturecraft are once again delighted to work alongside John Bridges, the leading authority of works of art by Felix Bernasconi, in releasing for sale 30 original paintings by this collectable East Anglia artist showcasing a variety of un-seen pieces undertaken throughout the artists life. John lives in Norwich with his wife Kathleen.