The Artist's Story
Bennett had a vision in a dream in which he was told if he really wanted to know the truth about the origin of humanity, he must search "the ancient, sacred scrolls." The next morning, with his curiosity aroused, he decided to take a fresh look at the stories in the Bible.
Reading the stories with fresh eyes, he was amazed to discover that these old, familiar stories, contained symbols and hidden information he had never seen before. From early February, 2019, he began to create a series of monotypes -- not as illustrations of the stories but as new interpretations based on in-depth research and his own inner vision. This process led to insight into our origin and pointed to a new understanding of the Creator.
By June 2019, Bennett had completed seventy-seven monotypes based on the Hebrew Bible which the Jewish people call the Tanakh. These works were exhibited in September and October, 2019 at the Art Centro Gallery in Poughkeepsie. Individual prints of the 77 monotypes, as well as a book of the entire collection are available for purchase at an affordable price. Please check the links on the intro page.
& Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1963-66. Studied
with Ray Prohaska, noted illustrator.
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1970
MFA, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1972
Numerous Juried Shows in Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina, 1967 – 1974
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
“American Painting 1970” – Selected by Peter Selz
Solo Show, 1970
“Virginia Artists 1971”
Undergraduate Fellowship, 1969-70
Graduate Fellowship, 1970-71
University Of North Carolina at Greensboro
Graduate Assistantships, 1970-1972
1975 – 2015 Bennett taught at several private schools in Virginia, Ohio, and New York. During this time he was able to explore a variety of different art media and techniques including calligraphy, illustration, murals, and portraiture. He received recognition for his work in applying art to teaching math (see MathSquad.Com) but did not exhibit his artwork during that time.
authored Calligraphy For
Dummies, 2007, as well as other books on
art and four novels including The
Poughkeepsie Mystery, 2016, poughkeepsiemystery.com.
To see all of Jim Bennett's many publications,
please visit riverflow.com