ALFRED BIRDSEY “HORSES” WATERCOLOR SIGNED BERMUDA LISTED ARTIST UNUSUAL SUBJECT
Description : "Horses"; signed LR watercolor
Measures : 15 x 21 Sight; 32 x 26 Framed, Custom Gold minor nicks, under glass
Signature : Signed LR
Condition: Very Good
Biography Alfred Birdsey
Alfred Birdsey (1912-1996) was perhaps the most notable Bermudan artist of the 20th Century. Born in England, he became Bermuda's first modernist painter, and redefined the islands with his abstract oils and watercolors. He was known for his landscapes of Hamilton, St. Georges and the surrounding sailboats, homes, and bays of Bermuda. He also did mural work in Boston, New York and Bermuda.
Of him in a 2012 tourist guide, Elbow Beach Cycles, it is written: "The paintings of Alfred Birdsey played an important part in changing the way Bermuda was seen abroad and became regular additions to many collections around the world. Alfred Birdsey is most known for his impressionistic representations of the island landscapes, harbours, boats, backstreets, seascapes, homes and bays. Some of the paintings also have an Asian influence."
He painted some sailboat artwork that was used to promote the America's Cup when it is sailed from Newport, RI, USA to Bermuda.
In Bermuda, his studio was in the back garden of his home in Rosecote in Paget from 1968 until his death in 1996.
Alfred Birdsey stood alone for most of the second half of the 20th century as the only modernist painter working in Bermuda. Entirely self-taught, it is believed he started painting in 1927 at the age of 16.
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