Cloudy Christmas, Hopetown
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Christobel Bennett, 1984
Born at Balaklava, South Australia
From 1971 to 1994 I lived near the south coast of Western Australia, at Hopetoun. During this time I studied the History of Art and Drawing, and tried to capture with water colour and oil paints the magnificent skies and tracts of bush, and the rugged grandeur of the coast line. During this time I organized and took part in workshops and summer schools in Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe, with tutors from Fremantle Arts Centre.
In 1993, while travelling in the very different environment of Europe, I painted on location, producing a large folio of drawings and water colours, some of which have been used as the basis for large works.
In 1994 I moved to Perth to commence full time studies at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1999 with an Honours degree in History and cognate studies in Fine Arts. This was followed by Edith Cowan University's Certificate in Museum Studies, which enabled me to serve until December 2006 as the Coordinator of Museum Services for the City of Subiaco, and Curator of the Subiaco Museum.
I return regularly to the south coast, to Hopetoun, Esperance, Albany and Cape Naturaliste - those spectacular regions that in their juxtaposition of land and sea have made a lasting impact on my art practice, and which generate in the work a certain sense of belonging and identity.Solo Exhibitions
2005 - Gorepani Gallery, Albany Bridgeworks: Crossing the Kalgan
1995 - Drabble Gallery, Guildford Grammar School Watercolours en Route
1992 - Ric's Gallery, Dalkeith Rottnest Retreat
1990 - Ric's Gallery Recent Paintings
1989 - Fremantle Arts Centre
1986 - The Old Cannery, Esperance
1984 - Esperance Civic Centre
Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 - Opening Exhibition Lumiere Gallery, Cottesloe
1997 - Autumn Exhibition, Drabble Gallery
1996 - Rics Gallery Creative Spirit
1996 - Centenary Exhibition: works from the collection of Guildford Grammar School
1995 - The Docks Festival of Fremantle Invitation Exhibition
1994 - Ric's Gallery WA Week Exhibition
1993 - Houghtons Winery, Upper Swan
1989 - Vincent Gallery, Adelaide
1989 - Our Town - Our Place Fremantle Arts Centre
1988 - Drabble Gallery, Guildford
1982 - 10th Anniversary Exhibition Fremantle Arts Centre
1982 - Ravensthorpe Artists in Kalgoorlie
Prizes and Commissions
Watercolour awards - Williams Art award (1991), Narrogin Art Prize (1990), Albany Art Prize (1990), Katanning Art Prize (1989) and Kalgoorlie Art Competition (1987)
Other Awards - City of Nedlands Bi-centennial Art Award (1988), Shire of Swan Heritage Award (1988), Lake Grace Festival Prize (1987) and Esperance Shire Art Award (1986)
2007 commission from CBH Group - two works.
Artbank (Australian Government), Parliament House, Perth, Western Mining Corporation, Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, City of Nedlands, Shire of Swan Heritage Collection, Esperance Port Authority, City of Albany, Shire of Katanning, Shire of Lake Grace, Shire of Esperance, Shire of Ravensthorpe, Shire of Jerramungup, Esperance Senior High School, Guildford Grammar School, and private collections in USA, New Zealand, the UK, and Australia.Travel and Art Practice
Europe, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.