Yes, I'm Bernard G Mills. I am a photographer who has been working with the medium since the 1960s and am now pursuing a path as an artist/photographer and more recently, a painter. In the past I have been a tutor of film animation, a graphic designer and a full-time lecturer in Art and Design in the Further Education sector.
Skilled in the use of small, medium and large format photography and the digital workflow, I am able to produce high quality imagery that incorporates a strong sense of structural design. Much of my work involves a sustained archival element, be it the photographic recording of collected objects, the abstract qualities of the upward view or the durational documentation of a series of performances.
My personal work operates alongside the work that I produce for others; work such as documentation of artwork, installations, exhibitions, performances, events, interiors and exteriors. I have a studio in Phoenix Art Space, Brighton.
Since 2011, I have been working on a major, ongoing painting work entitled Morning Tunes which is being subdivided into subsections of forty-five individual paintings.
Bernard G Mills—Curriculum Vitae 2020
Current photographic projects include:
Extra Ordinary Objects: reviewing significance to obsolete technology.
Looking Up: a self-imposed restriction on the direction of view.
In Galleries: visible otherness.
Clients for photographic work include:
Anniversary—acts of memory for Monica Ross—video and photographic documentation. http://www.actsofmemory.net/
Anna Deamer, Anna Hunt, Annika Ström, Barbara Loftus, Claudia Fontes, David Batchelor, David Medalla, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Jane King, Karin von Pinxteren, Kay Aplin, Lara Viana, Louise Bristow, Mona Hatoum, Monica Ross, Natalie Papamichael, Peter Seddon, Semiconductor, Suzanne Treister and Susan Hiller.
Mikel Rosen, Jacques Azagury, Blue Edge, Zoë Mode
meta. gallery (Hove), Permanent Gallery (Hove), Tudor House (Southampton), APEC Studios (Hove), Phoenix (Brighton), Matt’s Gallery (London), Raven Row (London), Vivid (Birmingham)
Mikhail Karikis, Terry & Gerry, The Specials
Andrew Mitchelson Documentation of Orduithe@8, Lighthouse (arts agency, Brighton), HOUSE Festival (Brighton), Mike Horseman, Polity Press, Whitstable Biennali 2014 & 2015.
2020 Morning Tunes—The First 45. Solo show. Paintings. Window Gallery, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton
2019 Haiku. Studio members’ show at Phoenix, Brighton. Exhibited S&D&R&R (triptych, acrylic paint.)
2018 Group show. Five Morning Tunes Paintings. Brighton Festival. Window Gallery, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton
2017 Present Tense. Group show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton: curated by Lucy Day
2015 Fidget. APEC Open Studios, Hove. As associate member, exhibited NDE or the Alphaville Effect
2014 A3 Group show, Phoenix, Brighton
2013 Studio (group show) The Study. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton Festival)
2012 Last Chance Salon (group show) Morning Tunes. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton Festival)
2012 Imprint (group show) Recall. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton CineCity)
2011 Rear Window (group show) Window on the World. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton CineCity)
2011 House Open exhibition, The Regency Town House, Brighton.
2010 Phototropic (group show) An Inadvertent Collector. APEC Open Studios, Hove (Brighton Photo Fringe)
2010 APEC Open Studios Exhibition (group show) My Life as a Self-Portrait. APEC Studios, Hove
2009 APEC Open Studios Exhibition (group show) Looking Up. APEC Studios, Hove
2008 Around Photography (group show) Extra Ordinary Objects. APEC Open Studios (Brighton Photo Fringe)
2008 Storage (solo show) Freeman Centre, University of Sussex (Brighton Festival)
2008 APEC Open Studios Exhibition (group show) Books. APEC Studios, Hove
2007 Relay (group show) Title Roll (video installation). Friese Greene Gallery, Brighton
2005 Pilot Boxes 1-12. eta. exhibition space, Hove
2000 Lenz (group show) Coast. Brighton Festival
1998 Fragments (solo exhibition) Contact Gallery, Brighton Media Centre
1998 Bernard G Mills: Coast (solo exhibition) The Grange Museum & Art Gallery, Rottingdean
1998 Art Staff, Crawley (group show) Horsham Arts Centre
1998 Sussex Open (selected entry) Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
1996 Sussex Open (selected entry) Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
1995 Art Staff, Crawley (group show) Horsham Arts Centre
1993 Art Staff, Crawley (group show) Horsham Arts Centre
Books and catalogues (My photographs of other people's work)
Claudia Fontes El Problema del Caballo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentinian Republic 2017
Andrew Gifford. India. John Martin Gallery 2018
Monica Ross Ethical Actions—A Critical Fine Art Practice Sternberg Press 2016
Barbara Loftus Die Bürokratie des Terrors Scrutineer Publishing. 2013
Barbara Loftus Sigmismund's Watch Philip Wilson Publishers. 2011
Louise Bristow Hidden Persuaders Permanent Gallery 2009 www.permanentgallery.com
Louise Bristow Louise Bristow Maas Media Verlag 2009 www.maasmedia.net
Annika Ström Call for a Demonstration One Star Press 2008 www.onestarpress.com
Anna Hunt There’s a Place for Us De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill/Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver 2001
Monica Ross valentine Milch Gallery 2000
Teaching and Professional experience
2011-Present Painting project: Morning Tunes
2006-Present Practising artist/photographer, addressing own projects and third party engagements
1986-06 Lecturer at Crawley College, Art & Design
1983-86 Freelance graphic designer with illustration and photography.
1977-83 Graphic designer with the Schools Traffic Education programme.
1976-77 Supply teacher: Birmingham Education Authority.
1974-75 Unemployed: spent much time in drawing, painting, photography, etc.
1971-72 Co-maker of film for the Schools Council/Leeds University
1970-74 Part-time lecturer at Birmingham Polytechnic, School of Postgraduate Graphic Design
teaching film animation and running the animation unit.
1976 Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Art Education)—PGCE(AE)
1975-76 Student at Birmingham Polytechnic, School of Art Education—specialised in Further and
1970 Higher Diploma in Design—H.Dip. Des.
1969-70 Post graduate student at Birmingham Art College studying film animation
1969 Diploma in Art and Design—Graphic Design—Dip. A.D.
1966-69 Three year diploma course at Maidstone College of Art
studying graphic design and photography. Interest in film-making developed.
1965-66 One year photographic course at Maidstone College of Art
resulting in City and Guilds Intermediate Photography 1st Class