Artist biography

Bernard Perlin born 1918

American painter and illustrator. Born in Richmond, Virginia, of Russian-Jewish descent. Moved in 1934 to New York and studied at the New York School of Design 1934-6, the National Academy of Design Art School 1936-7 and the Art Students League under William C. Palmer 1937-8. Influenced by Kenneth Hayes Miller's treatment of New York street scenes. Won a Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship for study in Poland in 1938. Returned to the Art Students League 1939-40 to study graphics under Harry Steinberg. Executed a mural for the US Treasury Department in 1940. Worked 1942-3 in the Office of War Information Graphics Division in Washington, DC, with Ben Shahn. War correspondent for Life, covering the Middle East, 1943-4, and for Fortune magazine, covering the Pacific and Orient, 1945. Began to paint seriously for himself in 1946, still partly under Shahn's influence. Instructor at Brooklyn Museum Art School 1947-8. First one-man exhibition at Knoedler's, New York, 1948. Lived 1948-54 in Italy, where his work became more tender and romantic. Taught at Wooster Community Art Center, Danbury, Connecticut, 1967-9. More or less gave up painting for some years, but has since resumed. Has lived since 1959 at Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.584