Brian Bennett was taught English at school by Peter Greenham R.A, who inspired him to become a painter. He paints in oils with a knife, mostly landscapes of Chilterns, where he lives, concentrating on wild flowers that grow on the chalk and on the wide panoramic views from the escarpment.
Brian paints almost exclusively with a painting knife (not a palette knife) which he modifies to his own requirements. He prefers to work on site despite the often very strong prevailing South Western winds. Of course, large pieces are produced in the studio, based on sketches and smaller outdoor work. He finds photographs are of limited value compared with experience and memory, although he does take them. Large and more studied work may require pencil sketches to confirm the composition, but generally he just brushes a few compositional marks with very dilute paint on the canvas before he begins, in earnest, with his knife.
1927 Born on 24 September in Olney, Buckinghamshire
1945 MA in History, Magdalen College, Oxford
1948-52 Attended Ruskin Schol of Art (part-time)
1957-87 Head of Art, Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire
1973 Elected as a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
1987-95 Acted as President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
1995 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Hawker Gallery, Amersham, Buckinghamshire (annually)
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
I have exhibited in the major national society exhibitions.
‘The Choir Stalls of Chester Cathedral’
‘Painting with a Knife’, Search Press
‘A Painters Year: 12 months in the Chilterns’, 2001
Several videos produced by Constable Country Video Productions