With global representation, international fine artist Paul Bennett specialises in contemporary semi-abstract seascapes and landscapes and also distinctive portraiture. The two themes are very different in mood, style and perspective, but both endeavour to generate a sense of intimacy and isolation while leaving the subject open to interpretation. The intention is to create from memory to produce finished work that is abstracted and more expressional than representational.The advance of digital imagery signifies that almost anything is possible within the realm of our visual imagination. It has been Bennett's aim to create work that is most definitely painted; accomplished by using rich textures, multiple layers, poured paint and brush/palette knife marks. This becomes a way of escaping the everyday, mass produced visuals that we are constantly exposed to and the way in which we now digest and assimilate our visual world. His approach is to record and comment on things that are more than visually apparent: to tease out more than the eye can see, to draw people in and invite them to experience – not just consume – an image.
"...perfect brooding landscape..." The Times
"In creating exceptionally stunning semi-abstract seascape paintings, artist Paul Bennett irrefutably warrants reference to any literature about seascape artists and paintings... Based in Cumbria this highly esteemed contemporary artist has a strong online presence and is much-admired within this highly expressive and elusive subject of painting." GEOFFREY CHATTEN
"Whilst obviously categorised as landscapes and seascapes, Bennett's images are much more than that. Through his expressive brushwork and dramatic palette, he captures the immensity and ethereal quality of weather. By using rich textures, multiple layers and poured paint the artist endows his images with a tactile nature and his powerful colours capture the subjects' intensity." VIEW GALLERY
"Intense, atmospheric, Raw, Vulnerable and yet disarming, remote but abstract, intimate but isolated. Bennett creates beautiful, engaging paintings, rife with ambiguity." New Blood Art
"Bennett's art has a strong likeness to the work of Turner, whose powerful landscapes, also seem to transcend place and time..." Curator Gallery