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Narratives Starring Girls: Art by Katherine Bennett


A painting of a woman in a nautical settinga girl with a light, oil on wood panel

Painter Katherine Bennett draws up imaginary narratives starring girls as complex characters. Each of her works, frequently painted in oil, features a central female figure, often surrounded by a sparse setting or set against a plane of color.


A painting of a girl sitting on a car hoodmaiden with a camera, oil on wood panel

 

I enjoy the style that Katherine employs in her works. The artist manages to coax a very illustrative look and feel out of oil paint, a medium that lends itself to smooth blending. The artist’s decisions about what to render in detail and what to leave as subtle gesture seem very deliberate – the faces of her figures are always very expressive and fleshed out, whereas the ambiguous backgrounds and settings allow space for interpreting a story, tailoring it to fit a particular mood.


A screen capture of Katherine Bennett's art websiteKatherine's art website, www.lollibean.com

 

The sketches in Katherine’s what it’s like to be a girl gallery are also quite interesting. In these works, the artist takes a slightly more gestural, illustrative approach to her subject matter. A different angle to the artist’s practice, some of these works also seem as though they could function as sketches, or ideas for later paintings.


A drawing of two women playing checkersuntitled (six), pencil on tinted paper


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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