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 combines his art and design in a studio, deep within his own personal garden, this dynamic experience has a significant effect on his creative life. 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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BERNARD TRAINOR

ARTIST  +  LANDSCAPE DESIGNER BASED IN 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

EXHIBITIONS (select)

2021

Current and Ongoing Exhibition, Post Ranch Inn Gallery, Big Sur, CA
Current and Ongoing Exhibition, The Historic Cooper Molera Adobe (Cella Restaurant), Monterey, CA
Visible Spectrum, April-May, Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Los Gatos, CA

2020

Small Work | BIG IMPACT, December-January, Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
Summer Group Exhibition, July-August, Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Los Gatos, CA

2019

Post Ranch Inn, SOLO Exhibition, 2019 through 2020, Post Ranch Inn Gallery, Big Sur, CA

2019

Grounded, SOLO Exhibition, September 2019-February 2020, New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU), Los Gatos, CA
Currents / Flux, SOLO Exhibition, February-March, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

2019

Beneath, SOLO Exhibition, July 2018-June 2019, Ken Linsteadt Studio, San Francisco, CA

COLLECTIONS

(PUBLIC)

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) permanent collection, Los Gatos, CA
Linsteadt Architecture Studio, San Francisco, CA
Feldman Architecture Studio, San Francisco, CA
Cella Restaurant, Cooper Molera, Monterey, CA  

(PRIVATE)

Suzanne McMillan + Tom Andruskevich, New York + Carmel, CA
Lisa Cocino, San Francisco, CA
Taylor Family, San Francisco, CA
Suzanne and David Rinaldo, Carmel Valley + San Francisco, CA
Pat and Jeff Aresty, Healdsburg, CA
Leavy / Galvin, Carmel, CA
Young Family, Los Gatos + San Francisco, CA
Fisher Family, Big Sur + Nova Scotia, N.S.
Nicole Hollis Design, San Francisco, CA
Brockhoff Family, Australia
Lisa Smedley, San Francisco, CA
Terlizzi Family, Los Gatos, CA
Anderson Family, Portola Valley, CA

PUBLICATIONS (Select)

Various Features – CULTURED, DWELL, LUXE, C MAGAZINE, DEZEEN, ARCHITECTURAL RECORD and ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

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

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

AWARDS + BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

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

COOPER HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS GROUND STUDIO, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD NOMINATION, 2018, 2020 and 2021 THE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS WERE CONCEIVED BY COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM TO HONOR LASTING ACHIEVEMENT IN AMERICAN DESIGN. 

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

MEARTH 
CARMEL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2014 – 2017 

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

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

REPRESENTATION

WHITNEY MODERN Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, LOS GATOS, CA
POST RANCH INN Gallery, BIG SUR, CA

SERIES

  • Scorch Series

    Unsaid

    Layered with distinct character

    The curious beaten surface

    Soil and Skin are temporary

    Dust and Shedding bark

    A trace of thick white zinc

    Smell

    Searching

    Beneath

  • Bleached Series

    Landscape change is swift – by day – by
    season – by 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 broad lens

    Landscape, 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 graphic rhythm created by local forces

  • Scar Series

    Mans contributions overlay our indigenous 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, an abandoned factory, or a crack in the sidewalk

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

    Plants are 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, be curious

    Do you see me? (For what I am)

  • Plastic Series

    The manufactured world we live within carries a cast of colors, forms, and textures

    They are often diametrically opposed to the characteristics I see in natural landscapes

    I find this appealing in contrast

    The tension between these observations allow me to celebrate the stark differences in my art