Louis Bennett (B. 1995) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2017 and is currently studying for a MFA in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. His painting practice draws together fragments and figures from across history to reflect upon the degree to which Britain has progressed over the last three or four-hundred years. Having grown up in Lancaster, Bennett also seeks to redress the lack of rich representation of the north in a London-centric art world, and situates his work as part of a contemporary revival of the northern Gothic.
Solo exhibitions include Ariel (Upcoming), Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Tears Like Northern Rain, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020), Bloomsbury Festival Art Prize, Senate House Library, London (2019) and Louis Bennett: Three Paintings, The Storey Gallery, Lancaster (2017).
Group exhibitions include Enter Art Fair, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Graduate Showcase, Saatchi Gallery, London (2020), RCA/Slade Graduation Show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020), Offshoot Winter Salon, Offshoot Gallery, London (2019-20), Engendering Men’s Health (With Grayson Perry), UCL, London (2019), Cartoons and Cereal,Offshoot Gallery, London (2019), Pulling Teeth, ASC Gallery, London (2019), Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, Liverpool Biennial/South London Gallery (2018), Steady State? (two person show), King St Studios, Lancaster (2018), RSA New Contemporaries 2018,Royal Scottish Academy, (2018), Best of Degree Show, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow (2017), Best of Scottish Degree Shows,Resonate Arts House, Alloa (2017), Art<100,King St Studios, Lancaster (2017), Serving Suggestion, The Glue Factory, Glasgow (2016), 2 Years Licked, The Grace and Clarke Fyfe Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, (2015).
Highlights and Collections
In 2019, Bennet was awarded the Bloomsbury Festival art prize as well as the Slade Print Fair Scholarship. In 2018 he also received Stevenston Award for a Painter of Merit, RSA New Contemporaries.