|James Bennett has worked as an artist and
teacher for five decades. Since his
retirement in 2015 from full-time teaching, he has
devoted himself to writing and serious fine arts (two of his passions).
At first glance, my pictures evoke thoughts of ancient, weathered manuscripts of some mysterious origin, but, upon closer inspection, an array of hidden images and archetypal symbols is revealed. Perhaps there is an element of surprise when the viewer discovers these “secret” details.
Thus, my pictures are similar to a child’s puzzle where the object is to find the hidden images.
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1967. Studied with Washington Color School painters: Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, and James Twitty.
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1970
MFA, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1972
Exhibitions & Awards
Numerous Juried Shows in Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina, 1967 – 1974
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
“Virginia Artists 1969” – Certificate of Distinction
“American Painting 1970” – Selected by Peter Selz
Solo Show, 1970
“Virginia Artists 1971”
Undergraduate Fellowship, 1969-70
Graduate Fellowship, 1970-71
University Of North Carolina at Greensboro
Graduate Assistantships, 1970-1972
Southwest Ohio Art Education Educator of the Year, 2003
1975 – 2015 taught at several private schools in Virginia, Ohio, and New York. Explored a variety of styles and techniques including calligraphy, illustration, murals, and portraiture, but did not exhibit during that time.
Authored Calligraphy For Dummies, 2007, as well as other books on art and four novels including The Poughkeepsie Mystery, 2016, poughkeepsiemystery.com