Be the first to post a comment! To write a comment please log in or register.
Gordon Bennett was born in Monto, Queensland in 1955. Bennett came to art as a mature adult, graduating in Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, in 1988. He quickly established himself as an artist equipped both intellectually and aesthetically to address issues relating to the role of language and systems of thought in forging identity. Since his first major solo exhibition in 1989 his work has been at the forefront of contemporary Australian art and has been recognised internationally for its innovative and critical engagement with ideas and issues of ongoing relevance to contemporary culture.
While Bennettâ€™s art is grounded in his personal struggle for identity as an Australian of Aboriginal and Angloâ€“Celtic descent, it presents and examines a broad range of philosophical questions related to the construction of identity, perception and knowledge. This includes a focus on the role and power of language, including visual representations, in shaping identity, culture and history.
In the late 1990s, Bennett began a â€˜dialogueâ€™ with the work of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, a New York artist seen by Bennett as someone outside Australia who shared both a similar western cultural tradition and an obsession with drawing, semiotics and visual language. Bennettâ€™s â€˜Notes to Basquiatâ€™ culminated in a series of works produced in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York in 2001. Bennettâ€™s subsequent â€˜Camouflageâ€™ series (2003) references the war in Iraq and issues of secrecy. His most recent abstract works extend the notion of camouflage, dissolving the appearance of difference.
In 1999 Bennett adopted an alter ego and began making and exhibiting Pop Art inspired images under the name of John Citizen, a persona representative of the Australian â€˜Mr Averageâ€™. Bennett adopted this alter ego to liberate himself from the preconceptions that were often associated with his Aboriginal heritage and his identity and reputation as the artist Gordon Bennett. Since 2003 Bennett has been working on a series of non-representational abstract paintings that mark another significant shift in his practice. The emphasis on making â€˜art about artâ€™ which is the focus of his non-representational abstract paintings, contrasts clearly with the focus on social critique that was integral to Bennettâ€™s earlier work, and is intended also to make people aware that I am an artist first and not a professional â€˜Aborigineâ€™. In this respect, Bennettâ€™s non representational abstract works, despite their overt emphasis on visual concerns, may be seen as reflecting an ongoing engagement with questions of identity, knowledge and perception.
Since 1989, Bennett has held 50 solo exhibitions and achieved national and international recognition for his work, with representation in biennales in Sydney, Venice, Kwangju, Shanghai and Cuba, and in major exhibitions of contemporary art in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Prague (Czech Republic), Italy, Denmark, Canada, South Africa and Japan.
He currently lives and works in Brisbane.
After logging in the following functions will be available:
- Uploading new artworks, artists and museums
- Posting exhibitions, glossary and library entries
- Adding comments, blogging, voting
- Adding new infos to objects
- Recording your game-scores to the Hall of Fame
You can also use TerminArtors Social Connect to log in.