New 12 x 9 inch ink paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Bernard Tiernan. These unique images are created with pigment-based inks in the artist's studio in Highland Park, California. This is the very first time they are being made available to the public.
Bernard Tiernan makes art that explores some of the finer points of technique and material. Technique in how he approaches his work, material in his choice of printing inks versus paint or other traditional pigments. By removing many of the technical intermediaries, Tiernan creates work that is immediate, direct, and visceral. The beauty of his art’s idea, through his choice of medium and execution is hypnotic. Printing can be defined as the mechanical application of ink on paper. Mechanical meaning some type of technical element (litho-stone, etching plate, lino- woodcut, etc.) that reconciles the artist with medium to create the finished product. Bernard Tiernan takes out the middleman, that technical element that defines artwork as a print. The impact of his gesture is what first attracted us to his work. Upon deeper inspection, however, the conversation between the immediacy of art making and the mediated approach of printing was something we found captivating. How do these inks lay down on the paper? How do these pigments mix? How do they layer? The colors, the compositions provide something unexpected as these seemingly simple options become merged in an infinite number of combinations. Tiernan’s story provided a compelling layer to his unique vision. Discovering any new talent is a thrill, but to find someone who has quietly toiled in anonymity for nearly half a century speaks to the romantic nature in any art lover. We are so very pleased to present Tiernan’s art for you for the first time ever and while he is very much active and engaged. Art is best shared, and we hope that you too find Tiernan’s work compelling and something worthy of sharing (be it virtually or, as we would all prefer, IRL).