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Carol Bennett Art

American, b. 1954

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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Artist: Carol Bennett
"Rachael in Red" oil painting on panel of a woman in red suit in turquoise pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Titanium Cruiser, Swimmer, Water, Work on Paper, White Swimsuit, Female Figure
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Titanium Cruiser is a figurative artwork featuring a female swimmer in a white bathing suit moving through the water. It is a mixed media painting on painted wood grained paper. ...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Archival Paper

"Time Out (paper)" abstract painting of a woman swimming under teal water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract mixed media painting of a woman swimming under teal water "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer ...
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2010s Abstract Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

"Free Horizon" Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The Swimmer series h...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

"Summer Sojourn 5" Woman in White Bikini Swimming and Reflection of Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 5" Woman in White Bikini Swimming and Reflection of Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusio...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil

"Flora/Fauna and Fish" oil painting of woman in orange floating in blue water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Female Figure Underwater Etching --"Separation"
By Carol Bennett
Located in Soquel, CA
Unique etching of a female figure submersed beneath the surface of water by California and Hawaii artist Carol Bennett (American, b.1954). Signed "Carol Bennett 1993" lower right and...
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1990s American Impressionist Carol Bennett Art

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Etching, Laid Paper

"White Cadillac 3 (paper)" oil painting of woman in white swimsuit in blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Oil

Hannah's Window, Swimmer, Water, Work on Paper, Red Swimsuit, Female Figure
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Hannah's Window is a figurative artwork featuring a female swimmer in a red bathing suit moving through the water. It is a mixed media painting on painted wood grained paper. Art...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Archival Paper

Suspense Study, Swimmer, Water, Framed, Red Bathing Suit, Female, beach house
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Suspense Study is a figurative swimmer artwork with a red bathing suit by Hawaii Artist, Carol Bennett. It is a work on paper with hand painted wood grain on the paper. It is acryl...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Archival Paper

"Summer Sojourn 3" Woman in White Bikini Swimming with Reflections in Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 3" Woman in White Bikini Swimming with Reflections in Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclus...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil

"See Water (Paper)" oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Oil

"Havenhurst (paper)" Abstract painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The Swimmer s...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

Effervescence, Swimmer, Water, Floating, Painting, Female, Figurative, Beach
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Effervescence is a figurative artwork featuring a female swimmer floating in the water. It is a mixed media painting. Artwork is 18 x 18. This is part of the latest series by Ha...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

"Break Time (paper)" abstract painting of a woman swimming in teal water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract mixed media painting of a woman swimming under teal water. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer...
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2010s Abstract Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Oil, Acrylic

"Water Colors" Woman Swimming in Red Bathing Suit with Reflections on Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Water Colors" Woman Swimming in Red Bathing Suit with Reflections on Water "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

"Lotus Action Figure" Abstract oil painting of woman in lotus pose in blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract oil painting of a woman in lotus pose in a blue pool. “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclusion…I am intr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Wood Panel, Oil

"Effervescence" oil painting of a woman in a red suit in turquoise water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
oil painting of a woman in a red suit in turquoise water "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" ha...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Paper, Oil

Malibu Dawn Patrol, Surfer, Water, Painting, Blue, Orange, Male Figure, Waves
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Malibu Dawn Patrol is a figurative artwork featuring a male surfer catching a wave. It is a mixed media painting. Artwork is 31.5 x 31.5. This is part of the latest series by Ha...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

"Flame Angel" Abstract mixed media reverse triptych painting behind glass
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Abstract Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Gold Leaf

"Flow (paper)" Abstract painting of a woman in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Abstract oil painting of a woman in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has follow...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Oil, Acrylic

"Rose Cartemus" oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

"Titanium" oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in blue pool & reflection
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Wood Panel, Oil

Twist, Swimmer, Water, painting, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel, Figurative, Female
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Twist by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett is a figurative swimmer artwork. It is Acrylic and Oil on Wood Panel. Perfect for a beach house. Her work is a meditative journey through both...
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2010s Realist Carol Bennett Art

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Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

"Om/Mom" Black and white abstract seascape of figures in the ocean
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Black and white abstract oil painting of figures in the ocean with a resin finish. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drift...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

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Resin, Oil, Wood Panel

Manganese, Swimmer, Water, Painting, Red, Blue, Female Figure, Beach, Swimming
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Manganese is a figurative swimmer artwork by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett. It is acrylic, oil and varnish on wood panel. Artwork is 44 x 44. It is a great artwork for a beach hous...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Wood Panel

"Hang Time" black and white acrylic painting of feet floating in water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Ink, Acrylic, Wood Panel

"Summer Sojourn 1" Woman in Orange Bikini Swimming with Reflections on Water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"Summer Sojourn 1" Woman in Orange Bikini Swimming with Reflections on Water “I have an open and free-wheeling approach to technique and materials: hypothesis, experiment and conclu...
Category

2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil

"Free (Blonde)" Oil painting of a woman in white swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in white swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" h...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Fish Study, painting, Reverse painting on glass gold leaf, oil, cobalt, water
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Fish Study by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett is a reverse painting on glass artwork. It is Oil, Varnish, Gold Leaf and powdered Cobalt. It is 9x12. Carol Bennett's artwork is a medit...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

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Gold Leaf

"Free Floating" Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in a white swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series"...
Category

2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

Waterfall Duet 1, Water, Gold, White, Flowing, Acrylic, Oil, Painting, unframed
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Waterfall Duet 1 is an original waterfall painting by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett. It is reminiscent of the beautiful flowing waterfalls throughout the Hawaiian islands. It is Acry...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Acrylic, Board, Varnish, Oil

Waterfall Duet 2, Water, Gold, White, Flowing, Acrylic, Oil, Painting, unframed
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Waterfall Duet 2 is an original waterfall painting by Hawaii artist Carol Bennett. It is reminiscent of the beautiful flowing waterfalls throughout the Hawaiian islands. It is Acry...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Varnish, Oil, Acrylic, Board

"Epic White Falls (paper)" Acrylic painting of a black and white waterfall
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

"Interrupted II (Swim with Matisse) Paper" Abstract floral painting blue, yellow
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Mixed Media, Acrylic

"Bad Ass Rose (paper)" Acrylic painting on paper of a white rose with red dots
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Mixed Media, Acrylic

"Little Big Fall 3 (paper)" Abstract painting of waterfall with dark background
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

Flat, painting inspired by Hawaii Fish, Red, black, Green, Oil, Ink on panel
By Carol Bennett
Located in Riverdale, NY
Flat is Ink and Oil and Varnish on Wood Panel inspired by the Hawaii Flatfish. It is 20x20 filled with red, orange, black and green. Carol Bennett spends all of her time surrounded...
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2010s Contemporary Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Ink, Oil, Wood Panel

Heleconia
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Glass, Mixed Media

Trigger
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
"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. Pr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Glass, Mixed Media

"August Suspense (paper)" painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool
By Carol Bennett
Located in Edgartown, MA
Oil painting of a woman in a red swimsuit in a blue pool. "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" h...
Category

2010s Carol Bennett Art

Materials

Paper, Oil

Carol Bennett art for sale on 1stDibs

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