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Gary M Bennett

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Oakland, California

Birth year

Lives in
Bellingham, Washington

Works in


Representing galleries
None at the moment

traditional, still-life realism modern


Gary Bennett became interested in art as a result of his experiences during the Viet Nam War and the social upheaval in the United States in the mid to late 1960’s. In his early twenties, intense psychiatric therapy and comparative literature would eventually lead him to music and painting as vehicles for psychological and spiritual healing.

Mr. Bennett studied jazz, classical piano and music theory with several teachers from 1972-1982.

During brief employment with an architectural firm in San Francisco, exposure to the visual arts inspired him to switch from music to painting and drawing. In 1982, under the influence of the works of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, Mr. Bennett began painting studies in the studio of Rod Morrell in San Francisco, with heavy emphasis in color composition and design. After brief stints with a series of teachers in the Bay Area, he became connected to the Atelier of David Hardy in Oakland in 1986. Over the next 14 years, Mr. Bennett focused mainly on still-life drawing and painting, using oil and charcoal as his mediums, with special emphasis on color theory.

Mr. Bennett currently attends a figure drawing workshop held at BellinghamART Tuesday nights and is also a member of an established art group of several members


Rod Morrell, San Francisco, 1982-1983; Abstract Expressionism; design and color; acrylics, mixed media.

DeYoung Museum School of Art, 1983, oil painting

Sam Provanzano, San Francisco, 1983-1985; Abstract Expressionism; design, figure, landscape and still-life painting and drawing; acrylics, charcoal, mixed media.

DeYoung Museum School of Art, San Francisco, 1985-1986; Representation, Abstract Expressionism, figure drawing; watercolor, oil, charcoal.

Jerry Fresia, San Francisco, 1993-1995; Impressionism; oil.

Doug Restivo, Oakland/San Francisco, 1990-1994; figure and landscape drawing; charcoal.

Atelier of David Hardy, Oakland, 1986-2000; Classical Realism (still life); oil, charcoal; color theory.

Andy Ameral/Roberto Zamora, Oakland, 1999-2000; human anatomy, figure drawing.


Color theory

Oil painting – still life

Charcoal, graphite and chalk drawing





One-man show, Clayworks, Old Fairhaven, Bellingham, Washington.



Two-man show, Allied Arts, Bellingham, Washington.



Group show, "The Human Form", Allied Arts, Bellingham, Washington



Group show, "Gem of an Evening", 8th annual fundraiser, at Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington.


2003 - 2004

Group show, Mindport, Bellingham, Washington.



One-man show, Unity Church, Bellingham, Washington



Group show, Whatcom Museum of Art and History, "Art and All that Jazz", Bellingham, Washington



Group exhibition, Olivia Cornwell Gallery, Bellingham, Washington



One-man show, Book Fare/Village Books, Bellingham, Washington


Richard Adams

Ann Bowers

Candace Buethom

Rainy and Ben Fackler-Adams

Rick Fackler

Mary Froderberg


Bellingham Weekly, 11/26/03

Art Access, 12/03 – 1/04

Preview, The Gallery Guide, 11/03-12/03, 1/04

Northwest Events, 2/04

The Bellingham Herald, 12/25/03

Entertainment News Northwest, 2/06

Whatcom Museum of Art and History, "Art and All that Jazz", catalogue  

Statement of the Artist

Over the last decade, I have become more specific in my imagery, working with still life subjects of plastic containers used in packaging such things as detergent, fruit juice, mouthwash, etc. The main thrust of my investigations has been the quality of light filtered through plastic materials that are either transparent or translucent. I became conscious of these plastic containers due to their sheer numbers passing from household use to the waste recycling box month after month, year after year. I felt the need to paint these objects because of the wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. I hope through my struggle with the painting process that I have shown some of the joy, pleasure and beauty that these humble objects have given me.
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