Chris Bennett was born in London in 1957 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in the early ’80s under Euan Euglow, Geoffrey Camp and Philip Sutton. He has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries. In 2004 Chris signed a publishing contract with DeMontfort Fine Art who license selected works as open and limited editions in the UK, Japan and the USA. His paintings are exhibited and sold in prestigious galleries around the UK. A notable commission, which now hangs in the collection of Churchill College, Cambridge, was to paint a portrait of Sir William Hawthorne, who, with Sir Frank Whittle, designed the first jet engine.
Chris doens’t have a fixed method, but anything that realises the idea in one’s mind as directly and efficiently as possible.
Chris believes that deep, deep down, below the accidentals of life’s surface, others feel as he feels. He tries to put together something requiring no outside associations other than our human commonality in order to read it. And because of its completeness within its self-inferred rules, it will hopefully communicate a sentient resolution of this feeling. The purpose of this: a flower releasing its pollen, so the need to share what little fruits we have with others.