Bermingham studied Fine Arts at Queen’s University and at St. Martins School of Fine Art, UK, where his instructors included Tim Scott, Phillip King, Francisco Gazitua, Tony Smart, and Sir Anthony Caro.
Currently, he is working with Francisco Gazitua in Puente Alto, Chile as ‘Artist-in-Residence’ producing forged steel sculpture. In 1980, he was invited to represent Canada in the first International Sculpture Symposium in Marusici, Yugoslavia. He has apprenticed with Elizabeth Bradford Holbrook, and worked as an assistant to Sir Anthony Caro and Tim Scott.
His work has participated in many exhibitions from 1974 to 2020 including at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC; St Martins School of Fine Art; Art Gallery of Burlington; (solo), Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Washington DC; and The Artist Project, Toronto. In 2021, he will be participating in the Time Space Existence Exhibition at the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora, Venezia, Italy.
His commissions include: Memorial Sculpture, Lee Academy, Lynden ON; competition winner for grand monument, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793, Oakville ON; Emblem, Hollinger International, Toronto ON.
I consider myself a life-long student of sculpture and have made a habit of constantly learning both old and new sculptural techniques.
I believe that sculpture is an inherently public art form of visual art and that it’s a sculptor’s job to catch and hold the attention of the public. I love to engage and inspire the public in this ancient discourse with dynamic and dramatic works which reveal more to the viewer with each new visit. I like to explore historical context and blend old ideas with new and innovative techniques.
Bermingham was elected into the SSC in 2020. His studio is based in Dundas ON.