Bernard Weston is an Asian-influenced California Painter, who draws on his personal engagement with Chinese and Japanese art history, theory, and philosophy, in order to create paintings of the sublime. Unlike in the West, however, greater attention has always been paid in Asia to contemplative disposition in the making of a work of fine art. The goal for a painter like Weston is not just to produce amazing art, but to do so in conjunction with studied processes of mental, spiritual, and physical Zen-like practice and preparedness.The artist strives to convey peace and balance, embracing also a sense of dynamism that is so cherished in the Eastern method of ink-brush painting. Weston’s technique, however, is proprietary and unique. He works with tinted venetian plasters on prepared canvas over board, rather than on Asian Papers, and he polishes his surfaces with wax and mica-silver or mica-gold compounds to add final luster. His paintings exemplify the phrase ‘East meets West’, utilizing innovative, avant-garde materials while being grounded the tradition of meditative art-making.
“The observation of beauty is an invitation to pause and just be present. My intention is to allow my viewer that experience of pause, during which the encroachments of daily life can just fall away”