Born 1987 - Watford, England Currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Michael Bennett is a self-taught artist whose work and practice both focus on the idea of acknowledging the present moment, as well as concepts of inner exploration and personal perception. Working predominantly in the field of painting, as well as sculpture and installation, Bennett creates very true and honest works which contain a definite sense of humanity and personality. These visual insights / moments stem from deep seeded memories and visual references, with a particular focus on the sense of stillness and inner focus experienced during the creative process. Regardless of the form they take, the works are free of prejudice or bias and are open to individual interpretation. Designed specifically to be experienced and stimulate, rather than simply viewed or used to deliver a theory or direct the audience in a certain direction.
Abstraction is used as a tool to encourage both visual and mental investigation, rather than functioning to obscure or adjust an already existing image, theme or narrative. It also assists in further emphasising themes of vast opportunity and freedom. The use of found materials alongside tactile surfaces and evidence of human interaction help develop an important sense of history and relatable existence within each piece. This fusion of nostalgic sensibility and the universal languages of; form, colour and scale, ensures the work remains untainted, approachable and completely open to interpretation, whilst maintaining an aesthetic appeal and visual comfort.Bennett's work are held in private collections throughout Australia, London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, Oslo, Toronto and Copenhagen.