Jane Bennett is renowned for her series of plein-air paintings inspired by the vibrant industrial & maritime heritage of Sydney. They celebrate the beauty of the natural landscape & the urban environment.
As a plein air painter, Jane sets up her easel by the side of the road, on windswept rooftops & on demolition sites. She faces the challenges of painting outdoors - unpredictable weather, constantly changing light & distractions from onlookers.
Jane often paints areas which have either been demolished or changed beyond all recognition, exploring many sites off-limits to the public. Jane was the Artist in Residence at the Pyrmont Power Station, the White Bay Power Station, the C.S.R., Cockatoo Island, the Woolloomooloo Fingerwharf, Walsh Bay Wharves, White Bay, the A.G.L. Gasworks at Mortlake, Carleton United Brewery, Eveleigh Railway Workshops & Barangaroo.
Her paintings show the cycle of abandonment, destruction and renewal of the inner-city landscape as a testament to the passing of an era.
In 1996 Jane won the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Art Scholarship & the Art Gallery of NSW Trustees awarded Jane the Dyason Bequest & the studio residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
In 2004 Jane won the inaugural Sydney Harbour Week Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
A major exhibition of Jane’s work was the signature event of the National Trust of Australia’s 2006 Festival. Her large canvas “Closing the Gap”, painted from the summit of the half finished A.N.Z.A.C. Bridge & then acquired by the Mitchell Library, was displayed in the "ONE Hundred" exhibition of the 100 most iconic objects in the collection to celebrate the centenary of the Mitchell Library, State Library of N.S.W. A large reproduction of this painting was the focus of the Reading Room of the Mitchell Library for 8 years, & now her painting of the construction of Barangaroo is on permanent public display in their new galleries..
Jane has held over 45 solo exhibitions, & is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) winning the President’s Gold medal in 2012.
Winner of over 200 awards, she has twice been a finalist in the Sulman Prize & a finalist in the Wynne Prize for Landscape 11 times, winning the 1995 Wynne Prize for Watercolour, as well as the Pring Prize for Watercolour in 1990, 1995 & 1996.
A substantial collection of her work was acquired by the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Her work is also in the collections of the Department of Defence; Artbank; University of N.S.W.; University of Sydney; the Kedumba Contemporary Drawing Gallery; the CSR; Walker Corporation; Pharmacy Guild of Australia, A.C.T.; Sir Vincent Fairfax Collection; Trinity Grammar School, Sydney; St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney; The M.U.A.; N.S.W. Board of Manufacturers; Master Builders’ Association of N.S.W.; as well as many private, corporate, Regional Gallery & Municipal Council Collections.
Jane Bennett’s blog:“Industrial Rev elation” https://janebennettartist.blogspot.com.au/
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Sydney Morning Herald article about the 10 most significant paintings in the new galleries of the State Library