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Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett is a contemporary abstract impressionist 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. Paul Bennett endeavours to generate a sense of intimacy and isolation while leaving the subject open to interpretation. Paul Bennett is a great admirer of photography and photorealism and appreciates the technical ability to produce such works.

Paul Bennett's seascape and landscape paintings are not tied into any specific region or time, they are an eclectic synthesis of place, weather and season as original visual experience.

Paul Bennett ocasionally refers to a photography as a starting point and as a way to engage with the surface and begin the initial mark making process. Than it is all brought together with constant experimenting and I find the works are continuously evolving and influencing the next. For Paul Bennett the oil paint is the medium that plays a big part in capturing the essence of a faded memory and lends itself nicely to the way I paint. It works well when applied thickly and can create great depth when worked into the surface sparingly, which leaves previous layers partially exposed. The paint is applied in this way to give the artwork itself a narrative and history, where the process of its creation can be glimpsed at in places – not dissimilar to the way in which the memory deals with the hazy recollection of a place once visited.

Paul's paintings will bring you to the amazing world of

abstract impressionism full of colors and unknown mysteries.
Paul Bennett statement on his abstract paintings. I have recently started to introduce a high gloss finish, which works for me in two ways. Firstly, it gives the paint beneath a much richer and more vivid finish, and secondly, it produces a vaporous reflection where the viewer can see and incorporate themselves into the image, bringing us back to observing, experiencing, interpreting, storing and reflecting. Now the viewer can exist as part of the work – as well as identify with the atmosphere and character the painting seeks to capture. By doing this, I have broken away from the more traditional methods or sea and landscape art and ventured further into the abstract. The Abstract paintings are more elemental and aim to open up new ways in which we consume our surroundings. And like all my work, they are created to be defined by the viewer and to present the chance to explore.