Bernard Ollis was born in Bath and spent his formative years here. Ollis was a pupil of St Johns’ Junior School Bathwick, Weston All Saints School, and in 1962-1967 attended the Bath Art Secondary School. After taking his BA at Cardiff College of Art, from 1973 – 1976 Ollis completed his Masters in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London where visiting artists and lecturers included David Hockney, Peter Blake and Howard Hodgkin. Ollis has held many lecturing posts in Australian universities, finally becoming Director of the National Art School, Sydney in 1996-2008. He stepped down from this post to concentrate full time on his art, basing himself around his Sydney studio. He travels extensively and has held multiple artist residencies in diverse locations such as Cairo and Antarctica. The works in this show are based on memories and recent visits to the cities of Bath and Paris, where he has a studio and works part of the year.