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Stacey Bennett b. 1983, Sydney Australia

Stacey Bennett is an award-winning, regional artist based in Jimboomba, QLD, Australia. Drawing portraiture since the young age of 11, Stacey has always been interested in human faces and their stories. She believes every life has a purpose and a unique story that needs to be captured and documented. Stacey graduated high school with a Very High Achievement in Art and has continued to work within the creative industries for over 14 years. 

2020 was the year Stacey shifted her visual arts practice to a professional status.  She was recently awarded the Australian Government Regional Arts Fund and BEMAC Creative Booster 2.0 grants and became a gallery finalist in both the Foot Square and Petite Pieces Exhibitions at Aspire Gallery.

In 2021, she won the People’s Choice Award at the Jimboomba Art Show for her piece As Simple as Bubble”.  She has been chosen as an exhibiting artist at the Art+Beer event,  the first of a series of live, multidisciplinary art events across Logan.  

Working with pastels and charcoals, Stacey Bennett immerses herself in the primal act of creating, using music to help her tap into the heart of her subject. Contrasting colours and tones play a big part in her work.

Her portraits are bold and empowering. She combines realism and expressive abstraction, to encourage viewers to find their inner power and trust their own instincts.

Her landscapes are moody and uplifting. Featuring cool, dark tones in contrast with an embellishment of warm, natural light—they encourage viewers to feel, to connect and to find hope.

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Many of Stacey’s work are in private collections around Australia.

Exhibitions

  • 2021 Art+Beer - group exhibition
  • 2021 Jimboomba Art Show, People's Choice Award winner
  • 2021 Petite Pieces Gallery Finalist, Aspire Gallery
  • 2020 Foot Square Finalist and Voter’s Choice Runner up, Aspire Gallery
  • 2019 Pet’s Exhibition, The Centre Art Gallery, Beaudesert
  • 2018 Jimboomba Art Show
  • 2017 Jimboomba Art Show

Awards/Grants/Prizes

  • 2021 Jimboomba Art Show - People's Choice Award winner
  • 2020 BEMAC Creative Booster 2.0 Grant recipient
  • 2020 Australian Government Regional Arts Fund Grant recipient
  • 2018 Mont Marte Competition winner

Commissions

  • 2020 “Together in Spirit”
  • 2020 “Lola”
  • 2020 “Until we Meet Again”
  • 2019 “Teddy”
  • 2019 “Ava”
  • 2019 “Cheeky”
  • 2018 “Doug”
  • 2018 “Chateau de Chenonceau”
  • 2018 “Niece”
  • 2018 “Father and Son”
  • 2017 “The Guard Cat”

Artist Statement

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As a pastel and charcoal artist, I’m interested in the physical process of creating art. Using my hands as tools to move and blend the dust, to layer the colours and add contrast. The mediums allow me to immerse myself in the act of creating, giving me a way to connect with, and unleash my inner-artist. To work with curiosity and optimism.

I’m guided by instinct. I pick my subjects based on a primal urge to explore our humanity and find meaning and comfort in our surroundings. Music helps me surrender to the creative process, guiding not only my hand, but my whole self–to tap into the heart of my subject.

To date, I’ve experimented with realism and expression. First, finding inspiration in the stories of neurodiverse artists such as Vincent Fantauzzo. His portraits are refreshingly raw and honest. And like Vincent, I’m drawn to the hidden stories behind each face.

I find charcoal honest. Reducing subjects to shadows and light, allowing me to use contrast meaningfully. It forces me to focus on facial gestures and lines to share the character of the person I’m capturing. While with pastels, I find freedom in a vibrant colour pallet, where I can work symbolically and highlight our inner duplicity and struggles.

Now, influenced by the bold sensuality of artists like Francoise Nielly, my newest work combines abstraction and loose realism. I’m experimenting with mediums. Adding oils into my charcoal and pastel work, to create expressive portraits and landscapes.

Featuring cool, dark tones and embellishment of warm, natural light, my landscapes are moody, thoughtful and uplifting. While my portraits are bold and empowering, allowing viewers to be themselves. To feel, to connect, to find hope and to trust their own instincts.