Michael Bennett Artworks

Michael Bennet's early paintings (c. 2014) are more minimal than those that would follow, being less architectural in references and emphasising a taut picture plane that is looked at, not through. This developed so that pairs of suspended screens, rendered in flat colour or imprinted with sweeping gestural marks, dominated his works, the viewer now encouraged to peer between and beyond presented forms.

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Bennett's chromatically restrained, elegant abstractions of two years later are highly tonal using contrasting vertical rectangular forms, both thick and thin. With the occasional internal horizontal edge gently curving in the background, they spatially interact with the austere gallery architecture—its walls, windows, and doorways especially—suggesting reflected ambient light shining through thinly applied paint.

These paintings (more landscape-derived than constructivist) can be seen as a form of minimalist—and geometric—abstract expressionism; related to the works of Robert Motherwell and Richard Diebenkorn.

Examples of the later abstractions include Wisdom of Stillness (2016); Hazy Shade of Winter (2016); Cosmic Silence (2016); and The Entry (2016).

Works from 2017 (shown online with Benjamin Eck's Gallery in Munich) are darker, featuring a rich, painterly texture, being less preoccupied with a sense of deep, glowing light, and reasserting a fixed picture plane.

Wisdom of Stillness by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork mixed media
Michael Bennett Wisdom of Stillness, 2016 Canvas, wool, foam, mixed media
230 x 185 cm
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The lost continent by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork mixed media
Michael Bennett The lost continent, 2016 Mixed media on board
57.5 x 52 cm
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Hazy shade of winter by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork mixed media
Michael Bennett Hazy shade of winter, 2016 Mixed media on board
57.5 x 52 cm
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Core Values by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork sculpture
Michael Bennett Core Values, 2016 Foam, vinyl, granite
95 x 32 x 26 cm
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Peach Fuzz by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork mixed media
Michael Bennett Peach Fuzz, 2016 Mixed media on board
103 x 85 cm
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Cosmic Silence by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork mixed media
Michael Bennett Cosmic Silence, 2016 Mixed media on board
112 x 102 cm
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The Entry by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork painting
Michael Bennett The Entry, 2016 Mixed media on board
155 x 115 cm (incl frame)
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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow by Michael Bennett contemporary artwork painting
Michael Bennett Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, 2016 Acrylic on canvas
54 x 44 cm (incl frame)
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