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Lucie Bennett

Fuchsia Pants, 2012


53(w) x 61(h) cm
20.87(w) x 24.02(h) inches
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Archival print on Hahnemuhle 310 gsm paper

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Image size: 50 x 43 cm

Edition of 75
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Lucie Bennett Biography

Lucie Bennett's controlled lines deftly describe the subject of her oeuvre, women, with elegant simplicity. Her haunting sirens, alluring pin-ups, supernatural nymphs and gun wielding playboy bunnies bring to mind the golden age B movie heroines of the 1960's & 70's. Works such as Tahiti Nighttime and those of her Naked Burgundy series, exude this strong feminine sexuality with the girls directly confronting the viewer in overtly coquettish poses. At other times, her women are more elusive, oblivious to the viewer’s gaze. The relaxed elegant poses in Green Felt Tip Girl and Angel, suggest the viewer is an unseen voyeur of an intimate moment.

In the studio Bennett produces an abundance of drawn, painted and collaged sketches as she develops her ideas, minimising the elements and honing in on the desired essence of the final work. Her artistic mediums began with liquid latex, painting and card collage. She has since embraced working on brushed aluminium with card or gloss paint, which introduces a tantalising contrast between the cold material and the warm curves of the depicted bodies. Her giclee prints are made from digitally-created imagery and her original screenprints are handmade from scratch by pulling ink through screens in layers to dictate lines drawn by hand, showing her prowess with both modern and traditional techniques.

Inspired by her regular visits to Kew Gardens and the work of the biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, Bennett began, in 2011, to develop a bold and more experimental strand to her work. She states that she felt “a need to explode, to reach mental freedom” which she accomplishes with large scale works in which organic shapes 'which merge botanical and human anatomy' become key to the composition. Only glimpses of the female form are visible, obscured or engulfed by abstract shapes which are at once an amalgamation of plants, flowers, internal organs, amoebas, bacteria, puddles or cloud formations. With Kuniyoshi the silhouette is framed by seaweed like entrails reminiscent of Matisse's famous cut outs. The head is engulfed with a wave of mammary glands with a crest of nipples. The ability to create life and the female as a representation of mother nature is not lost with these works as her women become symbols of sex, pollination and reproduction.

Bennett gained a BA from Manchester Metropolitan University in Interactive Arts, graduating in 1997. She also studied at L’Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes in France. Exhibiting internationally including London, New York, San Francisco and Miami Her work has been featured in a number of BBC television programmes and a feature film. She has work in a number of permanent collections including the Groucho Club, London and Virgin Group and has been specially commissioned to produce work for Selfridges and House Of Fraser. Bennett’s work is shown regularly at art fairs including the Armory Fair in New York. She has made charitable donations to the Terrence Higgins Trust, Paintings In Hospitals, NHS Healing in the Environment and the British Red Cross among others. Bennett lives and works in London.
 
OTHER WORKS BY THIS ARTIST
Lucie Bennett - Tearose I and II (Diptych)
Lucie Bennett - Cream and Pink
Lucie Bennett - Blue and White
Lucie Bennett - Olive and Aluminium
Lucie Bennett - Shadow
Lucie Bennett - Pink Drawing
 

Tearose I and II (Diptych)

Cream and Pink

Blue and White

Olive and Aluminium

Shadow

Pink Drawing

Available from a private collection
 
NEWS ARTICLES
ABOUT THIS ARTIST
September 3rd 2016
Continuing to reference the female figure, for her new body of work Lucie Bennett takes inspiration from neo-classical sculpture, introducing painted folds of cloth for the first time. Being familiar with Lucie Bennett’s work you will know that her chosen subject matter has almost always been the female body.
March 28th 2014
Lucie Bennett’s most recent works are a series of small-scale collages, which we’re offering for the first time today. Angie talks about the work below.
December 9th 2016
Lucie Bennett is best known for using single minimal lines - whether painted, screenprinted or produced in neon - to create distinctive works based around the image of the female body.
April 16th 2016
Lucie Bennett’s small scale collages and drawings have been carefully created in an intimate size in an attempt to draw the viewer in, as the artist experiments with new mediums and techniques to construct these beautifully feminine works.
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
December 2nd 2016
The artist is often referred to as a pioneer of the Young British Artists (YBAs); a movement which revolutionized the art scene in the late 80’s and 90’s with pieces that shocked, reeked and offended, at a time when collected fine art was typically polished and pristine.
November 25th 2016
Henrik Simonsen’s recent painting ‘Plant Battle’ is inspired by a garden he created as a child at his family home in Denmark. Until now Eyestorm has solely exhibited his limited editions and his first exclusive Eyestorm screenprint, Blue and Orange, was released in 2011, marking the first of eleven more which were to follow over the next five years.
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