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Gary M Bennett

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Gary M. Bennett, Artist
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Detergent Bottle I, 2006 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 22 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Detergent Bottle II, 2007 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 22 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Detergent Bottle III, 2008 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 22 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Detergent Bottle IV, 2008 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 22 Inches X 24 Inches
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Hair Spray & Malted Milk, 2009 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 22 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Hair Spray and Malted Milk II, 2009 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 16 X 18 X 1 Inches
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Orange Cap & Plastic Cup , 2009 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 16 X 18 X 1 Inches
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Four Plastic Bottles in Backlight, 2006 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 14 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Plastic Bottle with Orange Lid, 2005 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 14 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Plastic Bottles, 2005 Oil on Panel 14 X 16 X 1 Inches
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Peaches, 2005 Oil on Canvas on Panel 14 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Green Plastic Bottle, 2006 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 14 X 24 X 1 Inches
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Red Tin with Plastic Bottles, 2005 Oil on Panel 14 X 16 X 1 Inches
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Red Tin, 2005 Oil on on Canvas Mounted on Panel 12 X 10 X 1 Inches
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Brown Paper Sack Under Incandescent Light, 2008 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 16 X 18 X 1 Inches
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Brown Paper Sack Under Natural Light, 2008 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Panel 16 X 18 X 1 Inches
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Paper Sack with Red Rubber Band, 1992 Oil on Canvas 11 X 11 X 1 Inches
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Paper Sack with Blue Rubber Band, 1992 Oil on Canvas 18 X 18 X 1 Inches
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Oakland, California
Birth year
1946
Lives in
Bellingham, Washington
Works in
Retired
Representing galleries
None at the moment
Tags
still-life realism modern, traditional
Statement

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

Education

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.

Expertise

Color theory

Oil painting – still life

Charcoal, graphite and chalk drawing

Exhibitions   

 

 

2001

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

 

2002

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

 

2003

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

 

2004

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

 

2003 - 2004

Group show, Mindport, Bellingham, Washington.

 

2007

One-man show, Unity Church, Bellingham, Washington

 

2008

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

 

2010

Group exhibition, Olivia Cornwell Gallery, Bellingham, Washington

 

2010

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

Collections

Richard Adams

Ann Bowers

Candace Buethom

Rainy and Ben Fackler-Adams

Rick Fackler

Mary Froderberg

Publications

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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