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September 27, 2019 - February 9, 2020

Crevice (Topo Series) , Acrylic/oil pastel on canvas, 40”x60”, Courtesy of the Artist

Crevice (Topo Series), Acrylic/oil pastel on canvas, 40”x60”, Courtesy of the Artist

An investigative exhibition of fine art and design by acclaimed landscape designer and artist, Bernard Trainor.  The exhibition is the premiere viewing of Trainor’s paintings presented in concert with elements from his landscape designs, architectural renderings, site photographs, and studio and plein air sketches. Grounded reveals the unfolding layers and practice that inspire Trainor to create meaningful landscapes – outside the studio walls and on canvas – and will make connections to both. Grounded is on view September 27, 2019 - February 9, 2020. Exhibition Curator: Lisa Coscino

An Opening Reception with the Artist will take place on Saturday, October 5th from 2pm-4pm (NUMU members preview 2pm-3pm; public reception 3pm-4pm)

NUMU recently acquired a painting by Trainor to be incorporated into the museum’s Permanent Collection. The work, Maritima 2, from the artist’s I Am California painting series, will be included in another upcoming exhibition at NUMU: New Additions: First Five Years of Collecting which will feature new works in the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition opens on October 25th and runs concurrently with BERNARD TRAINOR: Grounded

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 over twenty years ago where he is the founding principal of Ground Studio, a landscape architecture studio based in Monterey and Napa. Designing in a range of scales from compact urban gardens to expansive rural sites, Ground Studio’s philosophy is to listen and observe to ensure the essence of the place is revealed while inspiring a deep connection with the land.

Drawing on thirty-five years of passionate commitment to the study and practice of landscape design, Bernard approaches his art through a personal lens of unique observations of both wild and built landscapes throughout the world. His art is focused on the lasting images he absorbed living on the edge of the Australian and Californian coastlines; these experiences have formed a distinct point of view. Visually abstract, Trainor’s paintings are imbued with the essence and trace images of his wanderings.

Trainor studied landscape design and horticulture in London, England and Melbourne, Australia. His paintings have been exhibited in Monterey, San Francisco and Big Sur and are held in private collections throughout Northern California. A monograph titled, Bernard Trainor Ground Studio Landscapes was released in May, 2019 by Princeton Architectural Press, NY. More information is available at: