"one of the finest printing artisans ~ an extremely fine artist in his own right with a colour sense unexcelled." **
As the founder of A Private Press, Bernard Loates has always embraced the philosophy and work ethic of the private press movement. His pursuit of excellence in the field of publishing and art has garnered numerous awards and accolades in recognition of his talent that has taken him from the White House to 24 Sussex Drive.
Born in Toronto, Bernard grew up exploring the countryside of what is now the City of North York. With no formal education, through talent alone, Bernard became a world recognized Master Lithographer and artist and the personal publisher of A.J. Casson, member of the Group of Seven.
Bernard's personal friendship with Bob and Signe McMichael gave him uncompromised access to the McMichael Gallery's Group of Seven artworks and was a key factor in Bernard's passion for their work. This passion lead Bernard to release a number of titles in the true private press manner.
Bernard has always taken full control of the creative process in his projects, from the initial concept down to the final details, the vision has been truly only Bernard's.
We welcome you to enjoy our private philosophy.