Saturday, 25 January 2014

by Stephen Bennett



This is a pen and ink line drawing by Irish based artist Stephen Bennett, inspired by the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela.

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Professional artist Stephen Bennett was born in London, his father having emigrated from Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Having completed a course in Graphics, Design and Illustration he graduated from Barking College of Art, London. Stephen then began his career as a commercial artist and spent the next 18 years working for leading London advertising agencies. He worked as a visualiser/illustrator on the accounts of companies such as British Airways, Cadbury’s, B.P. etc. and was part of award-winning creative teams while working for Saatchi & Saatchi and other top agencies. He left advertising in 1992 to follow his lifelong ambition of living and working as a painter in Donegal.

Stephen is now an established exhibitor in galleries throughout Ireland and has represented Ireland at the Florence Biennale in 2006.

Stephen’s Studio Gallery is beautifully situated with mountain and sea views which would inspire any artist. Beside his home, 2 miles outside the heritage town of Ardara, the gallery consists of 2 rooms full of Stephen’s original paintings and drawings of the people and landscape around him. Paintings large and small, of people at work and at rest, musicians in full flight, images of the wild beauty of Donegal, all adorn the walls. Stephen works in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolour, graphite and mixed media and a large range of limited edition prints is also available.

Stephen enjoys meeting visitors to the gallery and is happy to talk about his work, so feel free to drop in or, if you want to be sure of finding Stephen at home, phone for an appointment.

Tel. 353-74-9541652

mob 353-877923205

Ardara, Donegal – Ireland

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