Bernard Ewell, a Senior Appraiser—tested and Certified in Fine Arts—has provided professional services since 1972. As a Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers he met recertification requirements through lecturing, writing, service as President of the Denver and New Mexico Chapters, and adherence to the Principals of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics as well as the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice of the Appraisal Foundation. He has also served as a course developer and instructor for the American Society of Appraisers. He taught at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; George Washington University, Washington D.C.; the Rhode Island School of Design; and the University of California, Irvine.
Following Ph.D. studies at the University of Florida, the University of London and the University of Ghana, Mr. Ewell operated an art gallery, founded a private appraisal and painting restoration service and Ewell Fine Art Publications. He frequently serves as an expert witness in Federal, District, and Tax Courts. He has also been a consultant to CBS News “60 Minutes” and serves as a mentor to many in his profession.
Having examined and appraised over 57,000 Salvador Dalí prints as well as the collection of The Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida and a great many private collections, Mr. Ewell is considered the foremost authority on the art of Salvador Dalí (Spanish 1904-1989). He has provided expert examinations and testimony for many state and Federal law-enforcement and regulatory agencies.
In addition to being the subject of a great many articles and a television documentary, Mr. Ewell has published over one hundred magazine articles and a weekly blog. He was Analytical Columnist for ART-TALK magazine and a contributing author for the Handbook on the Appraisal of Personal Property and the Personal Property Journal. He has lectured at numerous museums from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to the National Gallery in Beijing.
Mr. Ewell has been an officer and Board member of numerous art and civic organizations in Colorado and New Mexico.
Bernard Ewell is completing a book titled Artful Dodgers: Fraud and Foolishness in the Art Market and writing Persistence of Enigma: The Salvador Dalí Art Market.