The Seven Seas Istvan bernath paintings for Princess and Cunard Cruises

In 1995 I was asked to paint large size paintings for the newly built Sun Princess Cruise Ship’s Permanent Collection. The collaborative aspect of the project was very exiting, knowing that the collection would be seen by thousands of people every week.
Since then I have worked with Fidelity Arts and the interior designer Teresa Anderson for Princess Cruises where we have created Permanent Art Collections on eighteen newly built Princess and Cunard Cruise Liners.
This book is ordered by the ships, which house my original paintings.
I have created different moods for different areas, complimenting the architecture and interior color coordination.
My goal was to excite with subtlety, maintain a spirit of the sea and impress, but not shock. The horizon level is a must on a landscape and is commonly on eye level for those who can become easily seasick. The proportion is also important as well as the size of human figures which must be relatively smaller in order to not overpower a piece.
I try to paint elegant, harmonious colors and forms to generate an uplifting, calm feeling towards the audience.
Thousand’s of people return every year to Princess Cruises to re experience the luxuries and elevated atmospheres that their short visits have brought them. The past sixteen years I have painted more then eight hundred large size original pieces for the Princess and Cunard Cruise Liners.

Special Thanks to : Teresa Anderson Interior Designer for Princess Cruises,
Mark Bronson Fidelity Arts
Amy Lucena Fidelity Arts
Princess Cruises


About Istvan bernath

Istvan Bernath was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1953. Russians and the Hungarian communists occupied the country, and were tough on old aristocratic families. His grandmother was a baroness, and her uncle, Szemere Miklos de genere Huba,had racehorses and wild card games that were legendary throughout European and American casinos. After he passed away, baroness’ family became the largest cash holders in Hungary, until the political changes started. The communists and the Russians separated Bernath’s grandmother from her fortune, which forced his father to work on the subway as a pressure worker until he got injured. Because of his ancestors Bernath also failed to achieve what he wanted in Hungary, although he received an international honor for his art when he was ten years of age. Since the government owned all the galleries in Hungary at the time, they only accepted politically correct artists and their work. Bernath had to work in a ceramic factory during the day and paint during the night for a religious store. While working in decorative arts in the European traditional style, Bernath came to an early appreciation of beauty and power of the human figure. Bernath turned to wood and canvas, and studied the history of antiquities and the Middle Ages. Consequently Bernath’s paintings were allegorical, concealing philosophical or moral truths. Bernath was already an accomplished figurative painter, when he got married, and left Hungary for the U.S. He started to explore the Art Deco style enjoying its logical and geometrical lines, and relative simplicity. To emphasize functional design, Bernath used high lacquered wood resulting in playful and colorful figurative images, reflecting luxury, leisure and excitement. His interpretation of the Art Deco style lead to a string of highly successful exhibitions within the United States. During this time, Merv Griffin’s hotel casino, in Atlantic City, needed a life size trompe l’oeil; Bernath got the commission. He became interested in mural painting, resulting in numerous commissions in the US and Europe, including Hotels, restaurants, and other public areas. His choice of medium then shifted from wood back to canvas, using oils and acrylics. Bernath exercised his freedom to create the ever present figurative subject matter, realistic scenery and fairy tale / fantasy. His choice of style is one that is a universally appealing style, expressing exuberance and the love of life. Bernath’s ability to create and experience a variety of styles enables him to convey his feelings and emotions. During this time, he became the artist of choice for collecting by “Hollywood”. Merv Griffin, Ed McMahon, Clint Eastwood are all on the list. Bernath gets involved with a variety of charities for a variety of causes. The Waldenwood Foundation through Dyansen Gallery is the charity for Eagle’s Don Hanley; Loyola Marymout is the charity of CEO Paula Mehan for Redken Laboratories. Bay Watch star Pamela Anderson’s restaurant is also on the list. Las Vegas soon took notice, and Bernath was commissioned to create many of the public areas in the New York-New York hotel and the Show Boat hotel. Again, his versatility, understanding, interpretation, and application of style propel him to create outstanding works of art for everybody’s enjoyment. In 1995, Bernath got his first commission to create highly imaginative pieces for, at the time, the world’s largest cruise ship Princess Cruises. With this, a new chapter began in Bernath’s life. He was able and was allowed to truly experience many different styles from Art Deco to Mannerism, the Pre-Raphaelite Style, Realism and so on. The Bernath Collection on the Princess Cruise Ships consists of more than 800 large size originals. Each are painted on canvas and installed permanently on each ship for a specific location, creating a desirable ambiance. He became the principal artist for Princess’s permanent collection part taking in the artistic creations of all their newly built eighteen ships. Today, to keep up with high demands in the U.S. and abroad, Bernath’s work is being published making it available for individual collectors and connoisseurs of art.

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