Dan Bennett was born in Kent in 1975, and currently lives and works in Brighton.
He was awarded a full art scholarship to Epsom College in 1988, and in 1998 gained a 2:1 BA Fine Art degree from Leeds University.
Phosphenes have intrigued Dan since his childhood. The intricate swirling patterns that form before the inner eye have been a constant source of inspiration and the mainstay of his artistic production. The spirals, dots, parallel and meandering lines, arcs, grids, circles and zigzags that dance across closed eyelids are a direct link to our cultural ancestry. These patterns are found throughout the ancient and modern world; from lost cultures in the Arizonan desert and Peruvian rainforests, up to contemporary cultural practices such as African body art and Aboriginal dot paintings, these hard-wired geometric hallucinations form a shared base for our disparate human experiences. They are a bridge between our conscious minds and our vivid dream worlds. By capturing these fleeting patterns in the form of plants and other organisms, Dan is expressing his belief in the oneness of life, and hinting at a glimpse of an underlying structure he thought he once saw out of the corner of his eye.
Dan is a member of Studio 106, an artists' collective that works and exhibits in a converted warehouse in the Poet's Corner district of Hove. Dan exhibits at various galleries and art fairs throughout the UK and the US.
Dan uses acrylic paint and acrylic mediums on canvas. He uses lots of different brands like Ara, Liquitex and Golden and explores their different properties.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £650 - £2400.