John A. E. Bennett (1919 - 2013) BA Med, OSA, RCA, CSPWC , (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor), and Honorary Member: American Watercolor Society, Japanese Watercolor Society, was born in Norfolk, England and immigrated to Canada after the war.
John Bennett began to draw and to paint when he was six. At ninety three he was still drawing, painting, sculpting and creating objects in fused glass in the Sunnybrook Veteran’s art studios.
He has always said, “I can’t not paint”. While he served as an infantry camouflage officer during WWII, he captured the terrain of Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Great Britain on small sheets of watercolor paper.
Shortly after John returned from overseas, he was granted the first solo exhibition awarded to a living artist by the ( then) Art Gallery of Toronto – later AGO. The reviews were encouraging.
A number of Toronto galleries subsequently hosted exhibitions by John Bennett. One memorable show,’ The Ladies’ at the Pollack Gallery in Yorkville.in the 60’s drew excited – and shocked- crowds. Not only are John’s women larger and lusher than life – his goddesses – but so are his landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. His work ranges from rolling pastoral hills to the devastation of battlefields.
In 1994, seventy-eight of those watercolors created on the battlefields and two of his books were accepted into the Archives of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
He has tackled life and death with equal vigor. Hundreds of his paintings can be found in private and public collections.
He is not only a listed artist but was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, (RCA) and the Ontario Society of Artists, (OSA) and is represented by:
Edmonton Art Gallery - Library University of British Columbia - Music, Art and Architecture Library Vancouver Art Gallery - Library Winnipeg Art Gallery - Clara Lander Library London Public Library National Gallery of Canada - Library and Archives / Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Library
This is a beautifully painted original watercolor, signed and framed. The soft tones and perspective draw us into a scenic place we have each experienced....sometime, somewhere. - from Funk & Gruven Antiques
In this winter scene where nature looks like a battlefield, he has taken away the colors and all the drama you can find in nature and he leaves us the shadows, the mystery, and the ghostly presence of Spring.
Frame and watercolor in good condition, ready to hang.
Frame: 30" x 36" Image: 21" x 28"