Exhibition of Paintings, Etchings and Photographs
Juan Bernal
Yonkers, NY
511 Warburton Street, Yonkers, New York

May 15 to September 18, 2016
Juan Bernal finds sublimity in nature's designs, the hidden bounty in nature’s smallest gifts — a single leaf, a drop of water, the
morning’s first shaft of light.
Pure and Simple, Nature in Design — Juan Bernal opens at the Museum on Saturday May 14 in celebration of Yonkers Arts
Weekend (Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15), presenting paintings and photographs from several series by this artist who
originally hails from Colombia: The Light (Paintings of Light Rays); Dew (Paintings of Water Droplets); Fragments (Paintings of
the Geometry of Leaves).
Artist and architect, Bernal looks deeply into nature’s elemental forms and sees broader life and a larger landscape. He follows
the leaf in new color, young and green, until it bursts into the brilliant orange of life realized. All leaves are within his spectrum
— the palm and cactus, bamboo, banana, the water lily, and, closer to home, the maple. In his works Bernal perfectly balances
the genres of landscape and still-life, urging us to step closer, pause, and enjoy the shimmering lushness of nature in the
To contrast these close-up views of nature, Bernal creates a new painting for this exhibition a six by nine feet panorama of a
composed landscape along the banks of the Hudson River, his scene inspired by the grandly-scaled compositions of  19th-
century Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Jasper Cropsey.  These earlier painters often
combined sketches of different locales to create one idealized scene they then returned to their studios to perfect.  Bernal, too,
creates a Hudson River scene but “sketches” first, not with portable easel and paint, but with camera and computer.  He shows
how, piece by piece, from first photograph to final painting a work comes together.
Key to Bernal’s paintings is light. Light shines through a leaf or a droplet of water. A leaf illuminated bears its elongated vein
and opens its internal structure to our sight. We sense our connection to Nature’s rationality and reflect on its suggestion of
the divine — both wellsprings of life.
Oil on canvas 24 x 48 inches
Ant's view of a Philodemdron leaf pierced by rays of light
Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches
Oil on canvas 40 x 30
Oil on canvas 36 x 72 inches
Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches
Oil on canvas 58 x 72 inches
Oil on canvas 36 x 24 inches
Oil on canvas 75 x 48 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches
C print on aluminum, 24 x 18 inches