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Istvan Bernath artist interview in his studio

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Bernath was interviewed at his studio.

Bernath was interviewed at his studio.






In preparation of a mural by the artist Istvan Bernath

Istvan Bernath was asked to create a series of murals for a restaurant on the newly built Royal Princess. This video shows some of the preparations that went into the execution of this challenge.
The murals include three paintings of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, which is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture. The restaurant has five more larger size paintings from Istvan Bernath featuring Tuscany and the Italian Riviera.

Preparation of Villa d’Este murals by Istvan Bernath

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Istvan Bernath was asked to create a series of murals for a restaurant on the newly built Royal Princess. This video shows some of the preparations that went into the execution of this challenge.
The murals include three paintings of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, which is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture, and five larger size paintings featuring Tuscany and the Italian Riviera.


Istvan Bernath artist

Istvan Bernath artist

Istvan Bernath artwork on the new Royal Princess Symphony restaurant.

Istvan Bernath artist

Istvan Bernath artist

Istvan Bernath artist new paintings:
The ‘Destination Heritage’ series connects international traveling places with points of interest, celebrities and well known subjects.
Roma’s Colosseum: The amphitheater is capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, executions, and re-enactments of famous battles. The 1960 Lambretta scooter was the star of many movies.
Star’s of Italy: Fellini’s 8 and a Half movie from 1963 with Marcello Mastroianni competing with an other famous star the Fiat 500 Topolino from 1960’s.
Best of Mistress for Louise XIV: He had at least 4 long-term mistresses and children from each of them. On the painting one of the mistress stands in front of the ‘press wall’ with advertisers on it like ‘Versailles’, and ‘Louis XIV Sun King’. She has a sailboat in her hair for the premier.

Istvan Bernath Artist

Istvan Bernath Artist

Istvan Bernath art demonstration on sea.

Istvan Bernath artist

Istvan Bernath artist

This book includes pieces from the “Bernath Permanent Collection,” which houses over 800 paintings found on more than 20 different  cruise ships. Also included are pieces from various hotel projects and other private collections. Bernath gives insight into the creative process as well as his own artistic approach and career while including aesthetic descriptions and historical background information on most of the pieces. Bernath creates pieces that span from the classical to the modern style periods as well as conceptualizes a global perspective, conveying imagery from the Great Pyramids to Tibetan temples.


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The Sapphire Princess renovation is on it’s way.

Istvan Bernath artist was contracted to deliver large size paintings for the new Pizzeria.

Some of the paintings representing the culturally rich life of the Mediterranean at the renaissance.

Some others give you a window to a contemporary Venice Italy.

An earlier conversation wit the artist in his studio.


Q and A with Istvan Bernath in the artist studio on top of Hollywood Hills.
He published his second book about the 16 years of collaboration with Princess and Cunard Cruises.
 It futures 240 paintings from more than 800 originals within the Princess and Cunard Permanent Collection.
-What inspires you to paint a piece?

         Paintings on Princess Cruises follow specifications. Princess brings designer Teresa Anderson to create certain themes of an area like a restaurant. Over the years we worked together on several variations of an Italian restaurant  called Sabatini’s. During my numerous visits to Italy, I fell in love with Italy's many different regions. Nature, architecture, and  people from a variety of cultures are truly inspirational to me.

-How long does it take you to finish a painting?

         After a particular area has been approved,  I am ready to paint all the paintings simultaneously. They are color coordinated. After I calculate the sizes from the ships architectural plans and transfer the numbers from millimeters to inches, I stretch all the canvases, and prime them. I still have time to change all imperfections when I’m drawing them on the real scale and add more details.  Once I' am ready to paint, each area, consisting approx. 6 original paintings, takes about a month to complete. 

-What techniques do you use to have everything so aligned and straight? 

         Most of the paintings are six foot to fifty foot in width.  They are not just for decorative purposes, but also create a particular ambiance . The paintings' architectural lines extend the area of the ships real space. Using straight lines as a guide line for dimension from the four corners of the painting, meeting in the middle, creates believable three dimensional space. Since these paintings are on a moving ship, 
         I have to put the horizons on eye level. When a  landscape or the cityscape is created, the horizon is on eye level for a more stable view. Passengers with motion sickness will not be affected. The technique is the old fashion chalk line rope, which is in a thirty-foot case. It is a necessary tool to keep lines together. 

-Are the murals that you paint on the ship for sale?
         No, they are not. They are part of Princesses’ permanent collection. They have specific function. I have more than eight hundred large size originals on eighteen different Princess ships.
         I have smaller paintings and studies of the larger paintings in my studio in Los Angeles. A smaller scale reproduction is a solution to collect a memorable image for a private customer. 

-When did you start your relationship with Princess? 
         In 1995, sixteen years ago. And after twenty cruise ships, I’m still excited today, as I was  many years ego. There are two , the largest ever built Princess ships are coming up; named Royal Princess.

-Who are your favorite artists modern/classical? 

         My favorite period is the fifteen and sixteen century classics like Boticelli, Leonardo, and Raphael. The Pre Raphaelitism have re-created the classical style, using less religious subject mater, adding more refind details. I have seen many originals in our extensive travels throughout Europe.     
         I especially enjoy seeing the newly opened palaces in Italy, and in the Louvre, and in the Napoleon apartment . 
         I also enjoy  Art Deco and Art Nuevo painters from the turn of the century. In downtown Los Angeles are many examples of great Art Deco and Art Nuevo paintings. Some great ones are located in the old Broadway movie theaters. I also like Tamara de Lempika. She was a very passionate painter, as well as Diego Rivera. 

-Where do you paint? 

         I paint in my studio which is on the second level of my house. in Los Angeles.The studio has large French windows that overlook the Hollywood Hills. The house is close to Mulholland Drive. And it stretches alongside  the top of the Hollywood Hills. It gives me sun all day long. My  working hours are very long, when I paint for a new ship.  Between ten and twelve hours, seven days a week. I can stretch a fifty foot long ten foot high painting in my studio easily. When the painting is finished, I roll it up on a tube, and is being shipped  to the shipyard. That is where the installation is taking place.