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Born:

Manchester, 1995

Education:  

Glasgow School of Art 2013-17 – BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking

Slade School of Art 2018-21 – MFA in Fine Art Painting

Exhibitions:

Group Shows:

Nothern Deviants (two person show)ASC Gallery, London 2022

Facing The Sun, Schloss Goerne, 2021

London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2020

RCA/Slade Graduate Show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, 2020

Offshoot Winter Salon, Offshoot Gallery, London, 2019-20

Engendering Men's Health with Grayson Perry, Institute of Child Health, London, 2019

Cartoons and Cereal, Offshoot Gallery, London, 2019

Pulling Teeth, ASC Gallery, London, 2019

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, South London Gallery, 2018

RSA New Contemporaries 2018, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2018

Steady State?, King St Studios, Lancaster, 2018

Best of Degree Show, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow, 2017

Best of Scottish Degree Shows, Resonate Arts House, Alloa, 2017

Art<100, King St Studios, Lancaster, 2017

Serving Suggestion, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, 2016

2 Years Licked, The Grace and Clarke Fyfe Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, 2015

 

Solo Shows:

Period Drama, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, 2022

Ariel, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, 2021

Tears Like Northern Rain, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, 2020

 Louis Bennett: Three Paintings, The Storey, Lancaster, 2017

Bloomsbury Festival Art Prize 2019, Senate House, October 2019

 

Prizes:

Chadwell Award 2021

Bloomsbury Festival Art Prize 2019

Stevenston Award for a painter of merit, RSA New Contemporaries, 2018

 

 

 

My work explores autobiography and personal history within broader, shifting historical contexts, exposing layers of identity and drawing parallels between the political and the personal. 

As a transgender, non-binary artist, much of my work is about unpicking my own past and the gender roles that were pushed upon me; upon all of us. Through a poetic exploration of the self, I hope to make work with a wider, wide-open kind of resonance. 

 

Coming from the northern post-industrial ex-slave port of Lancaster, I am interested in the north as a subject, and my own northernness as integral to my creativity. I grew up increasingly aware of the dark history of my hometown, and this found its way into my work. I engage with Empire, accountability and ethical depictions of these themes. One of my missions as an artist is to make paintings that redress the lack of rich representations of the north, and a northern experience, in a London-centric art world.  

 

Contact

Email:

louis.bennett0@gmail.com

Instagram:

@louisben1995