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Bernard Harmon Paintings

American, 1935-1989

Bernard Harmon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1935. He was primarily a portrait painter and a well-loved teacher in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Harmon traveled extensively in Europe and South America.

Beloved by many, Harmon taught in the Philadelphia School District for 32 of his 54 years of life. Beginning his career as an art teacher at West Philadelphia High School in the early 1960s, he became one of the district's artists-in-residence, traveling from school to school to demonstrate for students how an artist works. Returning to the classroom, Harmon joined the art department at Central High School where he taught for 14 years and became an innovator in its art curriculum, developing a program offering advanced placement art classes to gifted students. In his final years Harmon became a supervisor, mentoring teachers and overseeing programs in the Philadelphia school system’s District #1.

During his short life Harmon taught college preparatory art classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, summer classes at the University of the Arts, and a Saturday program for gifted children at Drexel University.

Among Harmon's portraits were commissioned by Philadelphia Jazz organist Jimmy Smith and Mayor Richardson Dilworth. The artist was active in promoting African American artists throughout his lifetime. He organized many early shows such as the "Afro American Artists 1800–1969" at the Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center in 1969, and was considered a Renaissance man by friends and colleagues for his interests not only in art but music and theater as well. Harmon was familiar and friends with many other African American artists such as Doc Thrash, Selma Burke, Paul Keene Jr., Allen Freelon and Charles Searles.

Harmon's work reflects his love of his students and friends. His art has a loose expressionist style that can be related to the work of Alice Neel. A 2016 exhibition at Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio was one of the largest offerings of Bernard Harmon’s work in many years.

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(Biography provided by Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio)

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Artist: Bernard Harmon
Still Life in Red, White Vase with Flowers, Interior, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Still Life in Red" is an interior still life of a artisan vase with flowers by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 16" x 11" oil on board painting has a sket...
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1960s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Board, Oil

New Hat, Portrait of Woman, Oil on Cardboard, African American Art, Signed
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"New Hat" is a figurative, interior portrait painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon from 195. The 20" x 16" oil on board portrait features a young African...
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1950s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Cardboard, Oil

Seated Figure, Expressionist Color Male Portrait, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Seated Figure" is a painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 48" x 35.75" oil on board portrait is painted in energetic and bold brushstrokes, with vi...
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1960s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Oil, Board

Modern Man, Portrait of man in Red, White, and Blue , African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Modern Man" is a painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 40" x 36" oil on canvas portrait features a young African American man posing casually and s...
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1970s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Self Portrait, Expressionist, Figurative, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Self Portrait" is a painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 47" x 28.5" oil on canvas portrait features Harmon at a young age of about 25 years old. ...
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1960s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Drums, Expressionist Group Portrait of Three Musicians, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Drums" is a painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 34" x 40" oil on board group portrait of three musicians playing the drums is painted in energeti...
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1960s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Oil, Board

Jazz, Portrait of Woman with Violin, Oil on Board, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Jazz" is a figurative painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon from 1968. The 34" x 40" oil on board portrait features a young African American woman playi...
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1960s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Board, Oil

Green Landscape, Expressionist Art, Oil on Canvas, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Green Landscape" is a landscape painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon from 1955. The 18" x 24" oil on canvas features a spring or summer landscape, pain...
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1950s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Resting, Interior Portrait of Young Man Resting on a Sofa , African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Resting" is an interior portrait of a young man resting on a sofa. This work was painted by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 24" x 32" oil on board painti...
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1960s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Oil, Board

Pattern Skirt, Interior Portrait of a Woman with Plants, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Pattern Skirt" is an oil on board interior portrait of a young woman sitting, painted by Philadelphia born Expressionist artist Bernard Harmon. The painting is 39 1/2" x 36" in size...
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1970s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Oil, Board

Fashion Girl, Color Portrait of a Woman, African American Artist, Double Sided
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Fashion Girl" is an oil on board portrait painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon of a stylishly dressed woman sitting on a chair. This work features a se...
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1970s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Oil, Board

Young Man, Portrait in Color, Oil on Canvas, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Young Man" is an oil on canvas portrait painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The painting is 26" x 36" in size, signed on the lower right. Bernard Ha...
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1950s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Potter, Interior Portrait of a Young Man, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"The Potter" is an interior portrait of a young man working on a vase at his potter's wheel by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 24.25" x 14" oil on cardboa...
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1950s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Cardboard, Oil

Snap Peas, Interior Environmental Portrait of Young Woman, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Snap Peas" is an interior portrait of a young woman working at her kitchen table, painted by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 24" x 36" oil on board paint...
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1950s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Board, Oil

Still Life in Red, Orange, and Green with Plant and Fruit, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Red, Orange, Green with Plant" is a still life painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon from 1970. The 30.5" x 39" oil on board features a table top still ...
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1970s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Board, Oil

Girl at Desk, Color Portrait of Young Woman, African American Artist
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Girl at Desk" is an oil on board portrait painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon of a young woman, presumably a student, sitting by her desk. This work f...
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1970s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Board, Oil

Stars and Stripes, Female Portrait with American Flag, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Stars and Stripes" is an oil on board portrait of a young woman with an American Flag, painted by Philadelphia born Expressionist artist Bernard Harmon. The painting is 41 3/4" x 35...
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1970s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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Oil, Board

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Drums, Expressionist Group Portrait of Three Musicians, African American Art
By Bernard Harmon
Located in Doylestown, PA
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1960s Expressionist Bernard Harmon Paintings

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