The permanent collection of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art began with twelve paintings depicting Bermuda. Today, the collection consists of over 1500 pieces of art covering all mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture, all drawing inspiration from the beauty of Bermuda. The scope of the collection covers work from the 1700s up until present day and the artists represented come from around the world, most notably, the United States, Canada ,England, France and Sweden. Internationally acclaimed artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth and Henry Moore have a high profile presence in the Masterworks Collection, but still leave room for the talents of lesser-known local and foreign artists to shine brightly.
The notion of this collection sprung from the vision of its founder, Tom Butterfield, who believed that through art inspired by Bermuda, one could be better informed about the history, culture and heritage of the island. Additionally, he felt that the influx of artists to Bermuda was not mere happenstance, rather the muse of the islands’ unique light and landscape beckoned them.
Since its inception in 1987, Masterworks goal has been to establish a permanent home to exhibit these artworks. In 2008 that goal was achieved and the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is now a 16000 square foot purpose-built museum- the only one of its kind in Bermuda.