Dr. Henry V. Bishop was born in Weymouth Falls, Digby County, Nova Scotia.
He is a graduate of the esteemed Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD University) Graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Child Psychology and in 2000 was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from NSCAD University! Reportedly, becoming the first African N.S. man to achieve this in the art college history!
He has created numerous corporate logos and uses pen/ink to create in his various portraits of famous Canadians plus he does unique conceptual illustrations that have been used in numerous film and print media.
His artwork sits in Ottawa, Washington D.C., New York and Halifax art galleries or museum exhibits.
At the start of his career, Dr. Bishop was employed as a Communications Officer with the Black United Front of Nova Scotia. Then worked independently for a while doing graphic design and photography helping many Black organizations to create their corporate image or “brand”. This eventually led to his employment as Chief Curator of the Black Cultural Society/Centre in 1983 and he continued there until departing in 2012. He pursued his passion and temporarily taught African Canadian classes at the Nova Scotia Community College, he continued to study African Cultures /History at Dalhousie University and served on both the Canada Post National Stamp Design Committee and acted as a “Juno” Canadian Music Award judge.
His main focus in life is to “create better understanding and respect for all people“ by using a positive holistic cultural learning experience.
He is active in developing educational programs for schools and social agencies, recently he created an anti-bullying education program called Dr. B’s Beat the Bullying – Be the Change.
He has presented at many Academic institutions, Health agencies, Correctional facilities and Government buildings. Dr. Bishop has been featured in film and TV programs, national news and worldwide media including Japanese Radio. Recently, featured in “Freedom Songs” a film on the current life of famous soprano Measha Bruggergosman.
Currently, he is a freelance artist /educator and a regular presenter at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning (MCCL) in Dartmouth, NS. Also, since 2015, leads a unique African Drumming youth program at West Hants Middle School in the Annapolis Valley School District.
Lately, Dr. Bishop has obtained training as a Mental Health Facilitator under the instruction of the IWK Hospital Health Service.
He is a gifted & experienced percussionist performing with two bands as a lead drummer specializing in African Djembe’
Honorary Doctorate, Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Arts & Design, (2000)
Honourary Diploma of Education , NSCC (2007)
Gandhi, King, Ikeda Humanitarian Award, from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. (2008)
Co-authored Out of the Past: Into the Future (1994)
Co-Authored Historic Black Nova Scotia (2006)
Co-Authored In Our Time (Children’s Book) (1996)
Recently produced “Mathieu daCosta“, an illustration for a Parks Canada booklet ( FortAnne/Habitation) (2016)