Jenny Bennett

“I paint to make something from nothing: to communicate my vision to others; to put people where I have been.”

Hot Flotsam - Oil on canvas 1520 x 1010 mm

“I paint to make something from nothing: to communicate my vision to others; to put people where I have been. Like Anais Nin, I believe that art (writing, painting, music) provides us with the ‘antitoxins’ we need to live. I paint because I want to record, communicate, recreate, create an idea, experience, object, landscape or and feeling. I believe art, whether it be painting, music, drama etc. can lift us out of everyday routine. Participation is the key; the doing or the viewing or the listening. I strive to make beautiful and/or challenging work. I enjoy putting things together; colors, shapes, lines; to make order from chaos. This involves decision-making and when a work is going well there is a balance between freedom and control as the decision-making becomes less conscious and more intuitive.”

 Jenny Bennett was born McLellan in 1950 in Hastings, New Zealand, and had a rural childhood. After attending Iona College she later graduated with an M.A. (Hons) in Anthropology, from Otago and Auckland Universities and moved to the city of Whangarei where she still lives. Bennett began painting in 1976 after the birth of her first child and has explored a wide range of media and techniques; printmaking, clay sculpture, puppetry/ performance, flax weaving, pastel work, and collage. Bennett’s first exhibition was in 1976 and she has continued to show nationally and internationally. She and has won various art awards and commissions; and served on arts boards, judging panels and in mentoring programs.

Paisleyette 1 - Oil on canvas 250 x 250 mm
Pertaining to Paisley 3 - Mixed media on Incisioni paper 620 x 485 mm
Paisleyette 2 - Oil on canvas 250 x 250 mm
All in the Round - Oil on board 900 mm diameter

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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