Greg Bennett – Even In The Dark
Christina Parker Gallery is pleased to announce, Even In The Dark, an exhibition of oil paintings on canvas by painter Greg Bennett. The exhibition opens September 6, with an opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
In this new series of work entitled, Even In the Dark, I wanted to explore working with low light from the edge of dusk, twilight to the dark of actual night. Most of the work centers on Mount Scio Farms in St. John’s Newfoundland where I held several photoshoots. Using a variety of portable lighting, I staged tableaus around the subject of softly lit tents enveloped in the darkness of night. The idea was to catch a kind of balance that both accepted the darkness, even loving it but also highlighting the effect that a little amount of light can produce. This sometimes gives the surrounding trees a look of chiaroscuro, mixed with the bold pop of the lit tents. Other times the pallet of the work is more in muted tones of dusk where the landscape is almost quietly blending itself together. In this, there is the patience and consideration of mixing the subtle differences of colours given to appreciate its transition and holding it in its own due austerity. It is my hope that the work gives the viewer a strong sense of placement, vulnerability and acceptance.
This year marks twenty years of exhibiting for Greg Bennett. Since 1999 he has participated in seven solo exhibitions and eleven group shows.
From 1995 to 1999 Bennett studied at the Memorial University campus, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook majoring in painting and printmaking. In 1999 he studied Victorian painting and architecture at the Memorial University Campus in Old Harlow, England.
Work by Greg Bennett is found in the collections of the Provincial Art Bank, Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canada Council Art Bank, the municipal art bank of the City of St. John’s and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto Canada.