Gary Benfield was born December 6th, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He
studied art at Stourbridge College of Art (1982 – 1984) and at
Wrexham College of Art (1984 – 1986). In 1986, Benfield became a
professional freelance illustrator. After leaving the academic world
he set up his own studio near London and concentrated on drawing and
painting figures. Within a few years, his work was being collected
throughout Europe and his reputation has become firmly established.
Benfield has a natural talent for depicting things as seen. His work
is spontaneous and reflected by his drawn lines and dashes of color.
The figures dissolve in and out of their backgrounds and move across
the canvas. He paints rapidly and discards most of his paintings and
drawings, keeping only those he feels are perfected in their
conception rather than overwork those that are not correct. His
paintings represent a discrete world of objects which combine
figures, mythology, nature, and still life. Despite the casual
appearance of his compositions, all imagery is highly organized, and
after long observations one finds the hidden symmetry and beauty
beneath the layers of finery. The background of his paintings is
soft, reminiscent of Leonardo de Vinci’s sketches and sepia tones,
most of it defined only with pencil and a slight highlight of color.
For Benfield, the world around him is a continuous sequence of
fortuitous events. Objects and figures intertwine in his mind, they
dance, they fuse and one adopts the color and life of another. We
are drawn into an intimate world of his imagery, where sensuality
and delight in life’s form are combined in flight of frolic and
fantasy. Benfield is considered to be one of the most renowned
contemporary artists in the art world today. His work is collected
by art collectors worldwide.