Bernard Cheese

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Bernard Cheese (20 January 1925 – 15 March 2013) was an English painter and printmaker, a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. His works are found in internationally important collections in the UK and US.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Sydenham, London, in 1925. He studied at Beckenham School of Art, then from 1947 at the Royal College of Art in London, where his teachers included Edward Bawden and Edwin La Dell.

Artistic career[edit]

He taught printmaking at St Martin's School of Art from 1950 to 1968, then at Goldsmiths College from 1970–78, and Central School of Art and Design (1980–89).[1]

He designed posters for London Transport, with several commissions from 1951. He also did commissions for Guinness, the BBC and P&O Cruises.[2]

In the 1950s he moved to the artists' community of Great Bardfield in Essex, which was also home to Bawden.[3][4]

He exhibited in Beijing (1956), Stockholm (1960), Washington DC (1962) and New York (1968). Other shows include "Bon Appétit!: lithographs and watercolours by Bernard Cheese" at Aberystwyth University in 2002.[5][6]

He became a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1988.[1]


A Fisherman's Story (1956) is owned by Tate in London.[7]

Other works are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Royal Collection, the New York Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, and Aberystwyth University, which holds more than 100 of his works.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1951 he married Sheila Robinson, an artist from Nottinghamshire. They divorced in 1968 and he married Brenda Latham Brown, a former student. His daughters Chloe Cheese (with Sheila), Joanna Cheese and Sarah Cheese are also artists.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Meyrick, Robert (31 March 2013). "Bernard Cheese obituary". The Guardian (UK).
  2. ^ Gleeson, Janet (1 April 2013). "Death of painter and printmaker". The Northern Echo.
  3. ^ Oxford University Press (2012). Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, Volume 1. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. p. 230.
  4. ^ Aslet, Clive (2011). Villages of Britain: The Five Hundred Villages that Made the Countryside. Bloomsbury.
  5. ^ "Bon Appétit! : lithographs and watercolours by Bernard Cheese". Aberystwyth University. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Inspired By Landscape". Western Mail. 27 August 2002. p. 8.
  7. ^ "A Fisherman's Story". Tate. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Bernard and Chloe Cheese". BBC. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2013.

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