Paul Bennett is an international contemporary Fine Artist specialising in exceptional semi-abstract seascape/landscape paintings and also unique portraiture. The two themes are very different in mood and style, but both are made from using a mix of traditional techniques and more unconventional painting methods. Both rely on drawing from memory to create finished work that is abstracted and more expressional than representational. Bennett endeavours to generate a sense of intimacy and isolation while leaving the subject open to interpretation.With the digital age well and truly with us, the advances of visual media means that almost anything is possible within the boundaries of our imagination. It has been Bennett's aim to create work that is most definitely a painting; 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. Bennett is a great admirer of photography and photorealism and appreciates the technical ability to produce such works. However, 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 visceral portraits capture the essence of the characters he depicts with a fluid and dynamic energy that is both captivating and edgy..." Samir Ceric - Founder of Debut Contemporary
"Bennett's art has a strong likeness to the work of Turner, whose powerful landscapes, also seem to transcend place and time..." Curator Gallery