Jenny Bennett

Bennett began painting in 1976 after the birth of her first child, and has explored a wide range of media and techniques, print making, clay sculpture, puppetry / performance, flax weaving, pastel work and collage. Bennett’s first exhibition was in 1976 and she has continued to show nationally and internationally. She and has won various art awards and commissions; and served on arts boards, judging panels and in mentoring programmes. Bennett regards overseas travel as important and values viewing great art, architecture and history. 

“I paint to make something from nothing: to communicate my visions to others; to put people where I have been. Like Anais Nin, I believe that art (writing, painting, music-----) provides us with the ‘anti toxins’ we need to live.

I paint because I want to record, communicate, recreate, create; an idea, experience, object, landscape or a feeling. I believe art whether it be painting, music, drama etc can lift us out of everyday routine. Participation is the key; the doing or the viewing or the listening. I strive to make beautiful and or challenging work. I enjoy putting things together; colours, shapes, lines; to make order from chaos. This involves decision making and when a work is going well there is a balance between freedom and control as the decision making becomes less conscious and more intuitive.”

Ocean Beach, Whangarei
Jenny Bennett, oil on linen, 1500mm x 1000mm

Whangapoua, Great Barrier Island
Jenny Bennett, oil on canvas, 900mm x 900mm