Lorry Bentham was born in Coventry, England, one of seven children, brought up with no TV, little money but plenty of creativity. Days were spent making puppets and creating stories in front of the window with the curtains as a theatre. Now she lives in Sydney, Australia since 1986 with her partner, two children and dog. She has a Master of Art in Painting with the College of Fine Arts (COFA), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with the National Art School. The work used for this collection was inspired by Tony McGillicks (Jaspers Gesture), which was one of two shaped boards which were worked on intermittently with oils, using their shape to determine and inform the work. It incorporates ornamental/decorative forms with pure colour that is expressive and provides construction of the frames.
Bentham mainly works in oils but likes to experiment a lot with other materials. Drama and emotion play a big part of her work. A lot of her inspiration comes from the landscape where she lives, which is next to a mangrove swamp, as well as her family. She gets great satisfaction from the smallest of details such as packing moulds to bubble wrap, as there are a myriad of ideas these items can create. She is a curious bird, and quite often goes back to the past for inspiration by the old masters such as Watteau, Ensore and Daumier, as well as not as old as in Bruce Connor.
Art on Fashion® is honoured to be showcasing the works of Lorry Bentham.
Artist: Lorry Bentham