Local artist’s mixed media on exhibit at Art Supply DepoWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Torrie Jadlocki, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
The work of local artist Randy Bennett is being showcased at the Art Supply Depo on South St. Clair Street.
The exhibit features work from the past two years. The showcase will run through July, and will be featured in the Arts Commission’s July Art Walk.
Bennett started painting in oils 45 years ago, and began delving into mixed media two years ago.
“I have always been attracted to the juxtaposition aspect of surrealism and that is a major aspect of all my work,” Bennett said.
Bennett’s work has been featured in numerous Toledo area art shows.
“I have been fortunate enough to have had three works included in TAA (Toledo Area Artists) shows at the Toledo Art Museum,” Bennett said. “And last year I was best in show in the Salon des Refusés show at the Parkwood Gallery.”
Bennett’s work was also included in the Toledo Art’s Commission 2013 Digital Billboard Project.
“In my current work in mixed media I am striving to capture a sense of times past colliding into present day sensibilities,” Bennett said. “Using colors contrasting against black and white hand-painted images with the look and feel of urban stencil art. I want to relate a ‘pop’ feel to a past era.”
Bennett said he believes art is better seen then explained.
“I think that artists are always better off the more they work and the less they talk about it,” Bennett said. “So much of the value and the power of all the arts has nothing to do with the artist but with those who experience it. Most artists pursue their work for intensely personal reasons. That has finally lead me to my own personal belief that ‘Art requires a witness.’”