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Carol Bennett
Heleconia

$1,600

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"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Presently I'm working on wood, I'm intrigued by wood grain swirling like water and how that ground moves through the swimmer's form”. Carol graduated from the Art Center College of Design in painting. For some 20 years she split her time between her loft in downtown LA and a beach bungalow in Hawaii- satisfying a passion for culture and the ocean's pull. In LA she painted backdrops and billboards and parlayed these skills to create over 100 large public and corporate commissions internationally: Ocean Patterns is a 220 ft installation at the Honolulu Airport and this year found her in a glasmalerei in Germany, creating Trigger Picasso Energy, a 48 ft. stained glass/ photovoltaic solar canopy for the Hawaii State Art Museum Sculpture Garden. Water flows through all her work, large and small. ..."I jump around a lot, every big commission is uncharted territory: I dive in and give it a whirl. I return to my studio refreshed and renewed and swim in that feeling”. The Eisenhauer Gallery has experience shipping artwork around the world.

Details

  • Creator
    Carol Bennett (1954, American)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4 in. (10.16 cm)Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    This piece is a reverse painting on Acrylic Glass. There is a French Cleat in the back for installation.
  • Gallery Location
    Edgartown, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1642736882

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    Ships From: Edgartown, MA
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About the Artist

Carol Bennett

Splitting her time between Hawaii and California, Carol Bennett (b. 1954) has mastered the art of capturing movement in her enigmatic paintings.

While Bennett has garnered praise for the meditative sensibility that characterizes her paintings as well as a bold use of bright colors, some of her works are more famous than others. In fact, her “Women in Water” series is perhaps her most well-known collection. As its name implies, the series features women swimming. They’re captured from an underwater perspective, and their faces are either out of frame entirely or obscured by the sun-dappled surface of the water, which serves as a showcase for Bennett’s portrayal of the qualities of sunlight. The upper half of each painting is flecked with the blues and greens of the ocean as well as whatever color the subject’s bathing suit happens to be.

The series originated with Bennett sketching swimmers at an athletic club’s pool in Los Angeles, but as her process evolved, her husband, Wayne Zebzda, began to film the artist on her daily swim on Kauai. The resultant images inform her work, but she doesn’t consider these works to be depictions of her in particular.

“I swim seven days a week, and while I don’t consider them self-portraits, I am the swimmer in the paintings,” Bennett has said.

Given her constant proximity to the ocean, it’s no surprise that Bennett is inspired by water’s glassy properties, citing its presence as both “a mirror and then a window.” Her radiant paintings, whether she’s working with oil and shellac on paper or wood panels, allow her to explore sunlight in such a rich and provocative way that it’s as if she endeavors to suspend rays of light above the water’s surface, making them seem as tangible and physical as the swimmers themselves.

Aside from her works that hang on the walls of galleries and museums around the world, Bennett has also painted murals and even a 48-foot photovoltaic solar canopy for the Hawaii State Art Museum Sculpture Garden.

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