“I think I do better painting when I’m calm, and meditation is definitely helpful for that. For me painting can be a kind of meditation in itself: not always, but the best painting sessions for me are when I’m totally focused on the process, and get into a completely intuitive state of mind. I don’t actually “think” about colors or brush marks or shapes, I just do it—or it just happens. Of course a lot of times painting can be frustrating and disappointing but for me the best times are the most meditative.”
Rick Bennett: About the Artist
Rick Bennett is a nationally known artist whose works reside in over one-hundred public, academic, corporate, and private collections as far west as Los Angeles and as far east as New York City. The artist’s paintings have received many national and regional awards including the Wiesberg award for realist painting and the Norman Kolhepp award for painting. Bennett has recently been chosen for the upcoming publication Indiana Artists of the 21st Century
Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood New York, NY.
College of Mt. St. Vincent, New York, NY.
Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA.
Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY.
Dolgen Corporation, Atlanta, GA.
Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, KY.
In Flux, Taunton, MA.
BellSouth Corporation, Louisville, KY.
Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts, Nanjing, China.
Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY.
Mallor Bordner and Miller, Bloomington, IN.
Ventas Corporation, Chicago, IL.
Aesthetics in Jewelry, Louisville, KY.
Mayan Gypsy, Louisville, KY.
Ogden, Newell, and Welch, Louisville, KY.
Van Hoose and Associates, Lexington, KY.
Centre College, Danville, KY
Hanover College, Hanover, IN.
F.B.N. Productions, Lexington, KY.
To me, the common thread that holds all of Rick Bennet’s work together is an incredible sense of presence with the entire universe that prevails in each image or object, whether ceramic piece, oceanscape or pattern exploration. The unique quality of “Being There” rises through the quiet emergence of shifting light in translucent ripples of the ocean bed, in the repetition of seemingly simple patterns, in the harmonious curve of a clay vessel.
All of his work radiates a centeredness most uncommon in our collective human consciousness. This contemplative awareness, often elusive in our day to day existence is revealed in his work. So many of us rarely glimpse these moments of centered awareness in our lives often spent pursuing the frantic business of living.
If you take the time to slow down, and allow the work to enter your consciousness, you will be taken beyond space and time to a place of immeasurable inner peace.
Written by Janis Kirstein
I would like to give special thanks to Ric Bennett for allowing me to feature his art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.
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