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Paul Bennett

British, 1975


“Born 1975, I was raised in one of the country's generic, mid-seventies council estates in a nondescript town, twenty-five miles North West of London Zoo. When I grew up, I wanted to be a Stuntman - instead, I worked from the age of 12, in many jobs including milk boy, junior mechanic, failing DJ and barman. They all had their moments but were, in essence, not what I wanted to do. I have always wanted to create and pouring a pint didn't quite cut it. After graduating in 2001 and gaining a BA Honours in Fine Art Painting, I fell into Graphic Design, after all how does a recent graduate make a living painting pictures? Finally, after working in the City of London, I wanted to head back to the painting studio and found the perfect one, by Kew Bridge. I got to meet some great artists and friends. After a few successful exhibitions and involvement with galleries I became a professional Fine Artist. After a decade or so painting in London I was lucky enough to be able to relocate and I now live with my wife and two kids, in Lake District National Park. It has been quite a journey to get here and it's not all been fun, but I'm not complaining. I now spend my days in the painting studio, creating semi-abstract seascapes and landscapes. When I get the chance, I venture into the Lakes, Mountains and nearby coastlines. When time allows, my daughter will join me in the studio. She makes lots of mess, never tires of asking a question and I wouldn't want it any other way!”

Paul’s work has received international recognition and been exhibited far beyond the UK in places such as New York, Hong Kong and China.