Reachin’ Back to go Forward

Bill Ming

Bermudian (b. 1944)

Stained Limewood

1993

Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. Gift of the artist. “I donate this work of art to the Bermuda National Gallery and people of Bermuda.”

Born and raised in Bermuda, Bill Ming studied sculpture and
creative writing at Maidstone College of Art and works as a
sculptor in the UK. He has exhibited extensively both in the UK
and Bermuda. In 1992, he became the first Black Henry Moore
Fellow at John Moore University.
He has twice been celebrated with solo exhibitions at the
Bermuda National Gallery – Coming Home in 1994 and From
Ship to Shore in 2006. Reachin’ Back to go Forward, which
Ming describes as a self-portrait, was included in his 1994 show.
He says: “It’s about growing up and being part of a family and
showing parents what you’ve done. There are things at the
bottom of the sculpture which represent things that I made as
a child. I was always considered a troublemaker but all I was
saying was ‘Look at me. I can do something to be proud of.’”

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