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LUCIE BENNETT | ‘Duck Feather Blue’ and ‘Softest Cinnamon’
December 2nd 2022
In the most graceful of poses, Lucie Bennett shows what a quiet moment looks like; peaceful and detached from the world around. Over time, the artist’s female subjects have grown from sexy young seductresses with an appetite for life, into women with more life-experience, exposing new sides to their individuality where strength does not derive entirely from an extroverted and cool façade. Drawn in the minimal style she is known for - and supported by a calm and tranquil palette - Duck Feather Blue and Softest Cinnamon is a departure from the earlier works, reassuring that beauty and self-confidence also come from within.
by Henrik Riis
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The distant state of mind in each of the two women is striking. Glazing vacantly and occupied by a stray thought, there is an awareness on the present moment. A carved out space in time where only a physical body and intangible thoughts exists, even if just for a fraction of time. This is a personal moment, and however intriguing the access to the inner reflections of either of the subjects might be, is it not intended to be shared. The privilege is to simply observe, unnoticed and from a distance.

Bennett’s women don’t mind the attention, even when goes unnoticed. Most often they demand it. Entering shortly after the turn of the millennium, they were young, suggestive and provocative. Spotlight seekers and proud of it! A few were disguised as mythological sirens, serenading to lead men astray. Others were accessorised with Playboy bunny ears and had a playful wink in their eyes, creating a sexually charged atmosphere of a late night flirtation.

As Bennett’s work developed over the years she allowed the women, nude and with fewer accessories, to take centre stage and left the spirit animals and other references seen in her earliest work in the background. By 2005, a new generation of female subjects in extroverted and animated poses came to life. Presented in Bennett’s confident linework, Airforce Blue, Green Felt Tip Girl, Rose-Coloured Shoes and other works on paper showed women in cropped daring poses; classic works in Bennett’s oeuvre which were followed by the cool and slick Ring-a-Zing-Zing and Electric Dreams.
LUCIE BENNETT
Softest Cinnamon, 2015

Edition of 75
8 Artist Proof (APs)

78(w) x 106(h) cm
30.91(w) x 41.93(h) inches
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Softest Cinnamon, 2015

Edition of 75
8 Artist Proof (APs)

78(w) x 106(h) cm
30.91(w) x 41.93(h) inches
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Lucie Bennett (British)
78(w) x 106(h) cm
30.91(w) x 41.93(h) inches
Screenprint on Somerset Satin 410 gsm paper.

Signed, titled and numbered on front.
Edition of 75
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$ 815.00
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Contrasting the sophisticated women for which the artist is recognised, the female subjects in the two works that followed, Duck Feather Blue and Softest Cinnamon, are more subdued and introverted. Gone are the sexy, sassy poses using bright, vibrant and almost fluorescent colour. In Duck Feather Blue, the figure stands with her head down and her arms relaxed in front of her, clearly in a spontaneous moment following an unintentional train of thought. The same serenity is found in Softest Cinnamon. Here, the female subject is sitting on the floor, averted as she glances over her left shoulder and her arms wrapped around her legs in a guarded manner. A moment entirely owned by her.

Colour plays a major role in all Bennett’s work, often as much as the image itself. For Duck Feather Blue and Softest Cinnamon the chosen palette is calm and tranquil, each colour embracing the silhouette by being present in two tones; one forms the backdrop and a darker shade of it is applied for the flowing lines. The attention and perfection that goes into mixing and selecting each hue are to such extend that it can easily be missed by the viewer, which is exactly its purpose. Like a conductor of an orchestra, colour supports the work but never steals the show; except for the title of the works where colour is permitted to divert attention to itself. ‘Softest Cinnamon’ and ‘Duck Feather Blue’ - two well defined names in the colour registry - are a stimulus language that triggers a response in the audience upon reading it. Visually and associatively, Bennett’s choice of colour for the two works on paper compliments the image perfectly.

The allure of the women portrayed by Bennett goes beyond their classical beauty. Originally exploring female identity and sexuality, her subjects have matured into authentic characters, again and again showing new and expressive sides to them. It is through the versatility of her subjects and the “life experience” beyond the two-dimensional confinement of the medium that Bennett succeeds in making the viewer connect when in the presence of her work.
LUCIE BENNETT
Duck Feather Blue, 2015

Edition of 75
8 Artist Proof (APs)

78(w) x 106(h) cm
30.91(w) x 41.93(h) inches
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LUCIE BENNETT
Duck Feather Blue, 2015

Edition of 75
8 Artist Proof (APs)

78(w) x 106(h) cm
30.91(w) x 41.93(h) inches
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Lucie Bennett (British)
78(w) x 106(h) cm
30.91(w) x 41.93(h) inches
Screenprint on Somerset Satin 410 gsm paper

Signed, titled and numbered on front.
Edition of 75
PRICE (INCL. VAT)
$ 815.00
MAKE AN OFFER
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Successful print editions, such as Pink Knickers and the felt-tip girls were the first of twenty screenprints released over a period of fifteen years in an exclusive collaboration between Lucie Bennett and Eyestorm. Duck Feather Blue and Softest Cinnamon from 2015 are the part of the artist’s practice which portray a softer side of her subjects; women caught in a quiet and personal moment. The editions of 75 each are signed, titled and numbered on front.

To view the print editions in further details and to find more information about available works by Lucie Bennett, visit the artist’s page here.
 
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Two figures entangled in a tender embrace, Lucie Bennett presents a new intimate portrayal of her female figures. Through meticulous graphite line-work the artist shows not just a romantic passion, but also the warmth and comfort of the embrace; a quiet and personal moment between two lovers. As one of only two screenprint editions which include a woman and a man - until three years ago an untold chapter in her practice - The Embrace stands out among the artist’s popular and characteristic silhouette works well-known for depicting solitary modelesque poses of high-spirited, strong and independent women.
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For more than a decade Lucie Bennett has been seducing viewers with her silhouette line drawings of haunting sirens, alluring pin-ups and supernatural nymphs. Her print editions from 2005 - 2012 are increasingly being requested by collectors.

If you own a print, such as Pink Knickers, Green Felt Tip Girl or Red Felt Tip Girl and you wish to sell, we have clients who are looking for select pieces. You can get in touch with us via the Contact page, which you can find here.
 
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