Bernard’s approach to his art was typical of Shona sculpture:
he imagined the subject or form within the stone, and, by removing the rough stone, liberating the sculpture within.
Bernard was selected to represent Zimbabwe at an International Sculpture Conference in the USA in 1982. He was awarded first prize in the National Gallery’s (NGZ) annual exhibition and the NGZ’s Director’s Award of Distinction in 1988. His work was part of the ground-breaking exhibition Shona Sculptures of Rhodesia at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London in 1972, and in numerous exhibitions thereafter