Artist: Gary Benfield, British (b. 1965 - )
Medium: Giclee on Canvas with Gold Leafing
Size: 18" x 28"
Edition: 78/200 Signed and Numbered
All artwork is signed and numbered by Gary Benfield and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity. Art Leaders Gallery is an authorized Gary Benfield art dealer.
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Gary Benfield Biography
Benfield has a natural talent for depicting things as seen. His work is spontaneous and is reflected by his drawn lines and dashes of color. The figures dissolve in and out of their backgrounds and move across the paper. He paints rapidly and discards most of his paintings and drawings, keeping only those he feels are perfected in their conception rather than overwork those that he feels are not correct. His figurative work combines a beautiful flow of romantic images both human and equine softly interpreted with shadowing and light creating an alluring persona. The interlacing of quiet tones with the bright color impact at the end combined with elegance and grace is reminiscent of the Renaissance, but also modern. Figurative originals and artist enhanced limited edition giclees on canvas are available.
Benfield was born on December 6th, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He studied art at Stourbridge College of Art (1982 – 1984) and at Wrexham College of Art (1984 – 1986). In 1986 Benfield became a professional freelance illustrator.
His pictures represent a discrete world of objects, which combine figures, mythology, nature and still life. Despite the casual appearance of his compositions, all this imagery is highly organized, and after long observations one finds the hidden symmetry of the graphic design.
For Benfield, the world around him is a continuous sequence of contained fortuitous events. Objects and figures intertwine in his mind, they dance, they fuse and the one adopts the color and life of the other. We are drawn into an intimate world of his imagery, where sensuality and delight in life’s form are combined in flight of frolic and fantasy.
"I cannot remember a time without drawing. It was natural for me as a child to use both my hands when painting and drawing and this ambidexterity has remained with me in my adult life as an artist. I love the beauty of the line and I use these skills to create and transform inert materials into images of beauty and romance. There are aspects of our lives, our existence and experience, which remain as a constant, not subject to historical variation. We fall in love, have children and experience a whole gamut of emotions as humans always have. We have always sought to express these fundamental experiences in an aesthetic manner, through painting and poetry. As an artist it is this imaginative role in transforming materials - paint, graphite, charcoal - to create this aesthetic dimension which I love."
Benfield is considered to be one of the most renowned contemporary artists in the art world today. His original paintings and limited editions can be found in select fine art galleries in the U.S. including Art Leaders and throughout Europe.
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