|James Bennett has worked as an artist and
teacher for five decades. His artwork spans several
genre -- both commercial and fine arts. Since his
retirement in 2015 from full-time teaching, he has
devoted himself to writing and serious fine arts
painting (two of his passions). This online portfolio
is an overview of his work.
My paintings are abstract impressions of Poughkeepsie, the Hudson River, and locations in Dutchess County. The theme of my work is the contrast and harmony between our natural environment and human construction. The images are not always what I see but what I know and feel. Color is the major emotive element throughout my art. Intuitively painted textures act as counterpoint to orthographic geometric forms which often present the viewer with optical illusions and the impression of light emanating from within the paintings.
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1967. Studied with Washington Color School painters: Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, and James Twitty.
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1970
MFA, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1972
Exhibitions & Awards
Numerous Juried Shows in Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina, 1967 – 1974
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
“Virginia Artists 1969” – Certificate of Distinction
“American Painting 1970” – Selected by Peter Selz
Solo Show, 1970
“Virginia Artists 1971”
Undergraduate Fellowship, 1969-70
Graduate Fellowship, 1970-71
University Of North Carolina at Greensboro
Graduate Assistantships, 1970-1972
Southwest Ohio Art Education Educator of the Year, 2003
1975 – 2015 taught at several private schools in Virginia, Ohio, and New York. Explored a variety of styles and techniques including calligraphy, illustration, murals, and portraiture, but did not exhibit during that time.
Authored Calligraphy For Dummies, 2007, as well as other books on art and four novels including The Poughkeepsie Mystery, 2016, poughkeepsiemystery.com