Bernheim Cloud Mountain Photo etching Etching 43 x43 x3

Cy Bernheim
Cloud Mountain
Photo-etching and Etching
43 x 43 cm
Ed No 1/20
£325 (framed) £285 (unframed)

Cy Bernheim is a London based artist who works predominately within printmaking. Her practice is inspired by nature and the urban landscape. The artist's intention is to create works acknowledging the complexity and mystery of the environment we inhabit, whether naturally occurring or man-made. Bernheim uses drawing and photography to capture the details of her surroundings and printmaking processes, in particular etching and digital media, to translate her findings into still and moving image.

Bernheim has a degree in Molecular Biology from UCL and a degree in Textile Design from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Her background in science and textile design have greatly influenced her work in terms of subject matter, focus on detail, colour, texture and materials.

Bernheim has exhibited at the London Elephant Parade 2010, The Affordable Art Fair, the National Original Print Exhibition, the St Barbe Museum Open Exhibition, and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2018. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Printmakers’ Council Archive at Scarborough Art Gallery. Bernheim is a member of East London Printmakers and the Printmakers' Council.


How Cloud Mountain relates to Colour
Cloud Mountain is a homage to Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – May 10, 1849). He was a Japanese artist, Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Born in Edo (now known as Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as the author of the wood block series, Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji (c.1831 - 1833) depicted at different times of the day. He created this series of prints as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of his personal obsession with Mount Fuji, a sacred place for Buddhists. The colours selected for Cloud Mountain are inspired by those used in Hokusai’s colour woodblock, Clear Day with a Southern Breeze (Red Fuji, 1831). Hokusai also had a profound influence on how the Dutch nineteenth century artist, Vincent Van Gogh applied colour. Hokusai incorporated the use of Prussian Blue (also known as Berlin Blue), a recent import from Europe and traditional indigo to create subtle gradations, in the colouring of his wood block prints. Prussian Blue has also been utilised to create more tonal variation in Cloud Mountain and to enhance the contrast against the transparent shades of red and green.