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LUCIE BENNETT | INTRODUCING NEW NATURE INSPIRED PAINTINGS

July 14th 2017
Lucie Bennett’s new original paintings mark the beginning of a new departure for the artist as she turns her focus to the natural world. Read more below.

For those familiar with Lucie Bennett’s work, her new series based on single stem flowers won’t come as much of a surprise. Despite being best known for her portraits of the female form, for some time now she has been inspired by nature, as seen in her 2011 body of work which included screenprints Orange Blossom and Kuniyoshi as well as a number of originals such as Magenta, where she combined plant matter and abstracted shapes with her signature torsos, merging the boundaries between the human body and the natural world.

The gloss on aluminium paintings we’re presenting here are the first finished pieces in a new body of work that sees Bennett focus even further on ideas inspired by nature, as she moves away from recognisable body forms altogether to present plant structures on their own, occupying the full surface of the painting. Still using her distinctive line, its elegant arcs and curves are however very much still indicative of the human form; the three works together bringing to mind perhaps a trio of dancers, delicately interacting with one another, each with their own individual personality.

As these plant stems take centre stage over Bennett’s long-established figures, they command their own space, just as her women did, sharing similar attributes such as balance, pose and gesture. Clean, crisp and minimal, the silhouettes lend a sculptural feel to the flat images; we can imagine each one moving softly in the wind, whilst retaining a dignified quality.

Colour remains an integral part of the work, something Bennett has always given high priority. Here, coral, aqua and yellow work together to create a mouth-watering palette reminiscent of Turkish Delight, which are set off by the mid solid blue and cheeky scarlett in Rio, and a rich and luscious deep burgundy in Coral.

In each painting, an area of aluminium has been left exposed to give texture, bringing the artist’s chosen medium to the forefront of the image. This works particularly well in Rio, where the bare metal forms the underside of one of the leaves, as if sensuously revealing something undisclosed or forbidden.

The distinctive element of these works is that they are undeniably painted by Lucie Bennett, despite the considered development in subject matter. Working from life in her studio, she begins with a series of sketches before creating the finished paintings in gloss on aluminium. Always inspired by artists of the past, these works see Bennett continue a long tradition of creatives making work influenced by nature such as Karl Blossfeldt, as well as taking note of the use of flat colour by artists Ellsworth Kelly and Patrick Caulfield.

Impeccably rendered by hand to create the perfect smooth finish, these three new exclusive works mark the beginning of a series Bennett is set to develop over the coming weeks and months, and are sure to attract the attention of existing and new collectors of her work alike.

See Aqua, Coral and Rio in more detail on her artist’s page here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
 
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