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EXHIBITION: Martin Bennett at Wilding Cran gallery, Los Angeles

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“When I Can No Longer Fall In Love For The First Time” by Martin Bennett

November 19th – January 7th
at Wildin Cran gallery, Los Angeles

 

Extreme subtlety of Bennett’s oil & acrylics on canvas.

The British painter brings, thanks to his technique, this Art of Silence similar to that of the works of the great Girogio Morandi.

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Daisies series – courtesy Wilding Cran Gallery

 

Take a close look at the Three black and white daisies (image above and below) It looks like the artwork is the same when it’s not. Each daisy is simply shown, obviously centered on the canvas, and almost too small compared to the background. And each simple flower becomes by the grace of Bennett’s technique, grave, imposing and delicate at the same time. It looks like the last specimen you can see on earth!

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Static Image Painting/Grey/Wildflower/Wildwood Road/Hampstead/London/Walking Back From Heathwood/One. – 2016/2015, 24″ x 36″ Oil and acrylic on canvas courtesy Wilding Cran Gallery

 

Bennett’s current practice revolves around three ongoing series that he began in the mid-nineties and include: Grey Volume Paintings, Variant Flash Paintings and Static Image Paintings.  The Grey Volume Paintings are monochromatic canvases that he began producing in 1995, the Variant Flash Paintings are gestural compositions initiated in 1996, and Static Image Paintings are image-based paintings that he started making in 1999. All three components are represented in When I Can No Longer Fall In Love For The First Time.

The entire exhibition requires time to understand and appreciate it all. So, take your time.

Beatrice Chassepot – Los Angeles, December 15th, 2016


Martin Bennett CV

Born 1970, Winchester, England
1975, moved to Medicine Hat, Canada
Lives and works in Saskatoon, Canada
EDUCATION
1988-1992
The Alberta College of Art, Graduate with Distinction (Painting)
GRANTS, AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2015 Saskatchewan Arts Board
2013 Saskatchewan Arts Board
2009 Saskatchewan Arts Board
2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2000 Canada Council Travel Grant
1998 Canada Council Visual Arts Grant
1995 Canada Council, Arts Grant “B”
1992 Home Oil Purchase Scholarship
1991 Laura Mae Stillings Scholarship
1990 Louise McKinney Scholarship
1989 Liquitex Canada Incorporated Award
COLLECTIONS
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta
Arcis Corporation, Calgary, Alberta
AstraZeneca, Toronto, Ontario
BMO, Ontario
Canadiana Fund, Ottawa, Ontario
Enbridge, Calgary, Alberta
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (formerly Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery)
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Home Oil, Calgary, Alberta
Hotel Arts, Calgary, Alberta
Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
National Bank Financial Group Collection, Montreal, Quebec
Newport Partners, Toronto, Ontario
Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta
Osler Hoskin Harcourt, Toronto, Ontario
RBC Financial Group, Toronto, Ontario
RBC, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
TD Bank, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario
Torys, Toronto, Ontario
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
and Private Collections

Other artwork at the exhibition

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