Bernard Winkels is a well established Hawkes Bay artist with a lengthy record of solo and group exhibitions in both public and dealer galleries around the country to his credit. His primary disciplines have been painting and ceramics since he began his practice 20 years ago.

Whatever the media, his work always examines the physicality of the New Zealand landscape and its cultures, drawing threads between contemporary nostalgias and historical constructions. Contested issues such as landownership and national identity are always at the forefront of his work's concerns. His art historical heroes are those artists who through a visceral use of materials examine the cultures in which they developed, Wayne Theibaud, Philip Guston and Pieter Aertsen.