ABOUT

Bernard Trainor was raised on the Mornington Peninsula along Australia’s rugged South Eastern Coast near the city of Melbourne. It was here that he developed a lasting awareness and appreciation of the potent landscapes that inspired him to pursue a career in art and design.

Bernard arrived in Northern California twenty-five years ago where he is the founding principal of Ground Studio a landscape architecture practice with studios in Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Napa.

Their designed landscapes are featured in a wide range of books, social media, and publications throughout the world including the New York Times, Vogue Living, Deezen, Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, Dwell, and Architectural Digest. In the past ten years Ground Studio has produced two books published by Princeton Architectural Press, Landprints (2013) and Bernard Trainor: Ground Studio Landscapes (2019), both monographs solely devoted to the their work.

Bernard paints in a studio, deep within his own personal garden, this dynamic experience has a significant effect on his art. He approaches his art and design through a very personal lens, interpreting wild and built landscapes into abstracted forms on large canvas and board. The art is exploring the lasting images he has ‘absorbed’ living on the edge of the Australian and Californian coastline; these experiences have formed a distinct point of view.

“Whilst traveling I soon discovered my favorite art, architecture and landscapes are deeply connected to the place from which they have grown.”

This simple observation and a keen awareness of the regional context inform all my pursuits. This is my inspiration, place-driven art and design.

I have discovered my fascination is with distinct patterns on the land formed by natural occurrences in that particular place – I dig into the authenticity and truth behind this repository of meaning. Working in these dry climates I see distinct seasonality that provides ‘fertile’ conditions to accentuate these landscape patterns.

Working in any medium that will express my viewpoint, my approach is to interpret and abstractly represent layers of memories and interactions with landscapes where I have lived for the past 50 years. These interactions can be personal, overwhelming, lasting, fleeting, fulfilling, and above all else, humbling.

Each experience affects me in completely different ways, largely dependent on my attitude in that particular moment – What am I bringing to this particular place and what am I taking away?

Rather than any futile attempts at replicating what I have seen and what I felt, my abstract art is based on layers of memory, instinctively un-earthing pattern, texture, and form.

My intention is to explore my art in this way, searching for clarity, expressing what is absolutely essential.

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LANDSCAPE DESIGNER AND ARTIST BASED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

EDUCATION

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN 1989-1990
DIPLOMA OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN, LONDON, ENGLAND

HOMESGLEN COLLEGE 1988
CERTIFICATE OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

HOMESGLEN COLLEGE 1982-1987
APPRENTICESHIP OF HORTICULTURE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

SOLO SHOWS

POST RANCH INN MERCANTILE GALLERY – BIG SUR
BERNARD TRAINOR
JUNE 2019 / ONGOING
POSTRANCHINN.COM/ART/

NEW MUSEUM LOS GATOS
GROUNDED
SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020
NUMULOSGATOS.ORG

MONTEREY MUSEUM OF ART
CURRENTS / FLUX
FEBRUARY / MARCH 2019
MONTEREYART.ORG

KEN LINSTEADT STUDIO – SAN FRANCISCO
BENEATH
JULY 2018 / JUNE 2019
KENLINSTEADT.COM

COLLECTIONS

NEW MUSEUM LOS GATOS (permanent collection)
POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR
SUZANNE McMILLAN & TOM ANDRUSKEVICH, NEW YORK + CARMEL VALLEY
KEN LINSTEADT ARCHITECTS, SAN FRANCISCO
FELDMAN ARCHITECTS, SAN FRANCISCO
DAVID & SUZANNE RINALDO, CARMEL VALLEY
PAT & JEFFREY ARESTY, HEALDSBURG
MIKE LEAVY & SUSAN GALVIN, CARMEL
PAUL & DANAH FISHER, BIG SUR + NOVA SCOTIA
NICOLE HOLLIS DESIGN, SAN FRANCISCO

PUBLICATIONS

PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
MONOGRAPH – BERNARD TRAINOR – GROUND STUDIO LANDSCAPES
MAY 2019

PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
MONOGRAPH – LANDPRINTS
LANDSCAPE DESIGNS OF BERNARD TRAINOR
APRIL 2013

MAGAZINES (select)
CULTURED, DWELL, LUXE, C magazine, DEZEEN, ARCHITECTURAL RECORD and ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

AWARDS + BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

COOPER HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS
GROUND STUDIO, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD NOMINATION, 2018 and 2020
THE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS WERE CONCEIVED BY COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM TO HONOR LASTING ACHIEVEMENT IN AMERICAN DESIGN.
COOPERHEWITT.ORG/NATIONAL-DESIGN-AWARDS/

ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS
BERNARD TRAINOR, ANNUAL AWARD OF DISTINCTION, 2015

YOUTH ARTS COLLECTIVE
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2014 – ongoing
YACSTUDIOS.ORG

MEARTH
CARMEL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2014 – 2017
MEARTHCARMEL.ORG

MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, 2005 – ongoing

ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION / OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP AS MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1999

LANDSCAPE DESIGN AWARDS (select) California Home and Design, Luxe Magazine, Garden Design, and American Society of Landscape Architects, House and Garden Tastemakers…

SERIES

  • Scorch Series

    Unsaid

    A layer of distinct colorful character

    The curious beaten surface

    Soil and Skin are temporary

    Dust and Shedding bark

    Trace the edge with a thick smelly white zinc

    Searching

    Beneath

  • Bleached Series

    Landscape change is swift – By time of day, by season, or year

    It is beautiful and harsh – some days…

    Stay and look again tomorrow – Have you seen my backlight?

    Light – is everything

    I am harshly soft, intense, and perfectly parched

  • Topo Series

    It is a gift to see things through a focused broad lens

    I first analyze a landscape system and then seek to understand its pattern language

    Through these patterns I unearth a repository of meaning – The truth

    These landprints are evident by their given circumstances

    I see a graphic rhythm created by local forces

  • Scar Series

    Mans contributions overlay our native landscape

    The weaving together of these opposing forces can be both beautiful or overwhelmingly jarring

    I have seen beautiful things happen when nature grows back over a bitumen covered schoolyard, a factory, or a crack in the paving

    In my own garden the most strikingly beautiful moments were partly planned

    Plants are very resilient – An opportunist adapts and finds a way

  • I am California Series

    I am Robust and Bold

    See me – Celebrate the truth I am

    Come in but honor my ranges of being

    Take your time, but be curious

    Do you see me? (For what I am)

  • Plastic Series

    The manufactured world we live in carries a cast of colors and textures

    They are diametrically opposed to my abstract memories of natural landscape characteristics

    I find this appealing

    The tension between these contrasting series observations allow me to clarify the stark differences

    I feel I need to work on a number of contrasting series simultaneously – So different, yet so essential to the other