beeflowers@gmail.com
Bernard (Bee) Flowers is a London based artist.
 
  
Bernard Flowers holds a Master's degree from the Royal College of Art and has exhibited internationally in group and solo shows. Now London based, he was born in the Netherlands, yet spent many years in Russia, initially working in the dairy industry before settling on a full time art career.

His work was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries.  
Statement
  
Having been exposed to different cultural influences from an early age , I have long been interested in the intense struggle between the individual self and society. 

​My working life began at dairy processing factories in the Russian heartland, where in halls with eternally wet, tiled floors, steamed-up windows and a web of colour-coded pipes connecting arrays of whirring pumps and trembling machinery, I witnessed the transformative power of heat, filtration and centrifugal force. Most importantly, however, I learned of the power of bacterial cultures to silently transform substances, like the spreading of an idea can change a human being into someone else.
 
After the horrors of the mid-20th century, to dissolve oneself in the certainties of a collective movement is no longer a respectable option. Obligingly, we question all received wisdom, and go against the grain wherever we find one. We are now to be ourselves, on our own terms.
 
The ideals of our era are in alignment with the worldview of Dostoyevsky’s alienated, axe-wielding Raskolnikov, and indeed we find ourselves just as disorientated. Our heroic project of self-realisation was, however, always doomed. We all strike our own conformist Faustian bargain with society - with "the culture" - material rewards and validation of our actions are bestowed on us in exchange for the submission and abandonment of the self we could have been. Cursed with our large brain, we then agonise over our situation while remaining tethered to a world that just won’t let go. Another neurosis is born.
 
Owing to the structural inertia and sheer tenacity of cultural systems, as well as our own corruptibility, we are part of a social landscape populated with mentally contorted, incongruous creatures, under pressure to conform at once to traditional and newly emergent value systems.
 

  
 
Education

MA Fine Art - Royal College of Art, London


Exhibitions, selected

Solo

2014 - 'Dreamers of the Absolute' - Sylph Editions Gallery, London

2009 - 'Jetztzeit' - M'ARS Gallery, Moscow

2007 - 'Liberation!' - Moscow MoMA / 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

2006 - 'Megastructure' - Shusev National Museum of Architecture, Moscow

2006 - 'Grand Illusions' - Yaroslavl State Art Museum


Group

 
 
2016 - 'New Work' - Albemarle Gallery, Mayfair, London

2015 - 'RCA Secret' - Art Dubai, UAE & RCA, London
 
2015 - 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries' – Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
 
2015 - 'BFAMI' - Phillips Auctioneers, London

2014 - 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries' – ICA, London

2014 - 'Encounter' - Broadway House, London

2013 - 'Multiplied' - Christie's, London

2013 - 'Recent Graduates' - AAF Battersea, London

2013 - Canary Wharf Gallery, London

2013 - 'Passion for Freedom' - Embassy Tea Gallery, London

2013 - 'Maps of the Present Past' - TIL Gallery, London

2013 - 'SHOW RCA' - Royal College of Art, London

2013 - 'Parallax' - CGP Gallery, London

2012 - 'I Took the Lift to the 6th Floor' - CGP Gallery, London

2011 - 'RCA Secret' - RCA, London

2011 - Assembling Reality (Rejlander) - Garazh Contemporary Art Center, Moscow

2011 - 'Seeing Sound' - National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

2011 - 'Sleeping Area - Open Lesson' - National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

2010 - 'Shelter' - Gallery E.K. Artburo, Moscow

2010 - 'Alla Gloria Militar' - Aircraft Gallery, Bratislava

2009 - Darwin Museum, Moscow

2009 - Pingyao Intl Photography Festival, China

2009 - 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, special project

2007 - 'Angelarium Novus' - Moscow MoMA
  
Awards
 
2014 - Chosen for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014
 
2013 - Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art (runner-up) from The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers
 
 
Collections
 
Private collections in the UK, Netherlands, USA and Russia,
RCA, London,
Museum of Modern Art, Moscow,
National Museum of Architecture, Moscow,
M'ARS Collection, Moscow.
 
 
Publications
 
Book collaboration 'Dreamers of the Absolute' with Ana Sun, published by Sylph Editions, London, 2014
 
The New Yorker, National Geographic, Ojodepez (Spain), Shots Magazine (USA), Architectural Design (UK), Architectural Digest (USA), Manmade Modular Megastructures (Wiley Publishers, UK), Profifoto (Germany), MONU Architecture (Netherlands), DI Art Journal (Russia), Academia Art Journal (Russia), Photograph Magazine, Time Machine Centre, (China).