MARTIN BENTHAM RWA
Martin Bentham has been a full-time professional artist since graduating from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1985. Primarily a figurative painter, Martin prefers to work directly from his subjects, which are mostly derived from the people and landscape of the Mendip Hills, where he lives.
He has held successful biennial one man shows since 1993 and has exhibited at numerous, notable selected exhibitions including the Royal Academy and the Royal West of England Academy. Martin was awarded the Daler-Rowney Oil Painting Prize in 2007 at the RWA Autumn Exhibition and has won first and second prize in the Viewer's Choice Award at the 2008 Exhibition.
He was elected an Academician of the RWA in January 2009 and since then has had two solo exhibitions there: July-August 2010 and in October 2012. In Sept-Nov 2014, Martin had an exhibition at The Bishop's Palace, Wells and he will be exhibiting there again this year (2018) from May-June.
Martin Bentham's paintings are in many private collections throughout the world.
‘For the evening Still Life Demo there will not be much time so you just have to get started on something. Through the duration of this still-life painting, I will be trying to consider several things (some at the same time): Drawing, Composition, Tone, Colour and Texture.
I will work with oil paint using brushes and palette knifes. Hopefully, although one never knows, what I come up with may satisfy my initial inspiration and maybe do it justice!! The worst thing that could happen is failure for all to see!!