Hall of History Mural Bermuda

 
If you love wall murals, this is the one you mustn't miss in Bermuda. Hall of History is a 1000 square feet larger than life mural created by the Bermudian artist Graham Foster. You will find it in the Commissioner's House located at the National Museum of Bermuda in Royal Naval Dockyard. 
 
Graham started the work in 2005 and it took him 7,000 hours of research and painting to complete this mural over more than 3 years time. On November 2009, it was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen. At the time of opening, Graham had presented a painting "The Wreck of the Sea Venture" to the Queen. The mural depicts over 400 years of life in Bermuda and you will be able to see virtually everything that made a mark in the island over the past centuries. 
 
 
 
Starting from the 1609 wrecked ship the Sea Venture that led to the first settlement in Bermuda and the first settlers hunting for wild hogs, the story-line goes all the way up to Bermuda's modern times including cruise ships and construction cranes. The mural traces the island's human settlement, flora &áfauna, architecture, folk traditions &álore, trade, transport, religion and culture. Bermuda Railway has also been featured that no longer exists today. 
 
Hall of History Mural Bermuda 
Hall of History Mural Bermuda 
 
In order to create this mural, Graham researched deep into the history of Bermuda and collected heaps of information from various sources including from the internet. When he started the work, the venue in Commissioner's House was in ruins. He initially painted the panels in the studio and then transferred them to the venue. 
 
Graham Foster was born in Bermuda in 1970, and had been a professional artist since 1995. He received his education in Bermuda College followed by in The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, USA. His art work primarily follows two themes - one is inspired by the flora &áfauna, people and culture of the island, and the other more triggered by his subconscious thoughts producing more expressionistic and innovative work. 
 
Hall of History Mural Bermuda 
Hall of History Mural Bermuda 
 
Other than being a successful painter, Graham is also a well known sculptor specializing in welded steel. In fact he wanted to become a sculptor, and later changed his directions to paintings due to lack of adequate space and equipment. In 2002, he became the first Bermudian sculptor whose work was purchased at the Bermuda National Gallery as part of its permanent collections. The sculpture was titled "21st Century Fetish Family". áA lot of his sculptures are influenced by Tribal Art. Graham's solo exhibitions are held at the ACE Gallery and Masterworks Foundation. 
 
 
 
Update November 2011: Graham Foster's Mural "Hall of History" is now captured in a 14" x 14" Coffee table book. It depicts the deep history and heritage of his murals with many high quality pictures of the mural. The text of the book has been written by Rosemary Jones. In case you are not able to spend enough time at the Commissioners House to absorb all the details of the mural personally, this hefty book can be a great possession to explore those details. It's currently retailing for $65 and is available at the bookstores island wide. 
 
Admission &áOpen Hours 
Commissioners House in located inside the National Museum of Bermuda (formerly Bermuda Maritime Museum).  
For admission fee and open hours, check National Museum of Bermuda 
 
Location and Contact 
Royal Naval Dockyard complex, Ireland Island, Sandys Parish. 
Phone: 441/234-1418 
Check out Royal Naval Dockyard map to see the location of the museum. 
 
 
 
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Visitors' Reviews &áComments 
 
Jimmy Wayne (January 2017) 
Just visited Bermuda and the commissioners house. We reviewed the mural; áAbsolutely unbelievable ! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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