Emma Bennett depicts subjects familiar to traditional 17th century still life painting, such as flowers, fruit and game in combination with imagery derived from film and photography including, for example, fire, water, and interior objects such as beds, lamps, table tops and mirrors. These potentially incongruous figurative elements are united within Bennett’s compositions and are set against monochromatic black grounds.
Bennett was born in 1974 in Wellington, England. She studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design from 1992 to 1996 and Chelsea College of Art and Design from 1997 to 1998. She explores themes such as gravity, time and transience, and the fleeting nature of existence, experience and encounters. Her resonant paintings refer to the incomplete, fragmented nature of memory and thought.
Recent exhibitions include Black Paintings at the Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Flora at Oriel Davies, Newtown and Several Small Fires at CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London. Bennett is represented by CHARLIE SMITH LONDON. Her works are also held in many collections including David Roberts, London, K&K Kollection, Monaco, Preiskel & Co, London and The Reydan Weiss Collection, Munich.