United Colours of Bennett

Surry Hills local, Bennett, is pretty young, but already hot property on the Sydney art scene. His punk-inspired paintings and collages are inspired by a skateboarding background and a healthy disrespect for authority. He has a new show opening with Tom Ferson this week, check it.

DOUBLE TAKE from Sean McDermott on Vimeo.

Who is your favourite artist and why?

NeckFace, he is badass!

More jump off after the jump off

How would you describe your work?

I would describe my work as post-punk style mash-ups with a nostalgic touch, using collage, painting, drawing and stencilling to achieve this.

Why do you make art?

I make art because I enjoy it and would be lost without it.

Can you tell us more about your new show?

‘DOUBLE TAKE’ is a new show I’m doing in partnership with my fellow Higher Ground Studio inhabitant, Tom Ferson. The collection explores the similarities and differences between our works and art-making practices. It opens Thursday 19th April at Kind Of – Periodical, in Sydney.

Your art is relatively cheap to buy as originals, why is that? Is it an active effort to stay accessible?

I just try to price things fairly and honestly, at a price I would be happy to pay for a similar artwork myself.

What’s more important to you, making money to live, or becoming well established in the art scene?

Neither are particularly important to me. I just take it as it comes.

Do you think your artwork is timeless, or contemporary?

Whilst some people might say my work incorporates contemporary methods and mediums, I think overall it’s timeless. The works are certainly not designed to suit the current scene or fit a mould which seems to be successful at the time, I produce work which I want to produce, with an aesthetic which I enjoy creating. This will continue to develop as time goes on and change organically, which I think means they should be seen as timeless works… But, each to their own, if someone thinks they are only contemporary, who am I to tell them otherwise.

As an artist, do you find you get pigeonholed into certain genres? Is it helpful or restrictive?

Yeah definitely. You do get pigeonholed, but it’s usually by those who don’t know any better, so it’s not all bad, and sometimes people need some kind of direction or assistance when viewing art, and labelling or pigeonholing might do that. I don’t take it too personally, or get upset if someone puts me in a ‘genre’ which I don’t think is appropriate. It’s all good.

Who would you like to thank for getting you where you are today?

I’d like to thank: my family, my friends, my wonderful girlfriend Carly, the artists that I’ve worked with or shown with in the past, all the galleries that are supporting all of us, the dudes at Higher Ground and my high school art teacher, Mrs G, she is a legend and helped me a lot!

Bennett and Tom Ferson’s show opens 6pm Thursday 19th April at Kind Of – Periodical, 118 Oxford St, Darlinghurst Sydney. You can swish your eyeballs round some more of his work online here: www.b-e-n-n-e-t-t.com