Archive for Tom Bennett

Conceptual Requiem for a Ninja Yogi Dream

Posted in abstract, Art, art on paper, awesome, Drawing, dreams, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, gesture, gesture drawing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2013 by Tom Bennett

I’ve returned to a collaboration with Toni Tiller, making conceptual images illustrating her dream narratives. She posts her dreams at www.

This is a conceptual mixed media sketch on paper, one of a few I’ll make for her dream, posted on 3/17/13, “Doing yoga with a ninja”.

Tom Bennett

ink, alcohol-based ink, graphite, gouache on paper


Power Outage Redux

Posted in abstract, Art, art on paper, Drawing, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, mixed media, nude, Painting, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by Tom Bennett

It’s been so long since I’ve posted here I can’t even be sure I can identify myself. It’s like returning to my bedroom after sleeping in the woods for a few months.;  it’s dark in here.  A Power Outage happened in my brain, a cognitive outage. This is a return to a medium I’ve been fooling around with the last few years;  a mix of alcohol-based ink,  graphite, india ink and gouache.

Tom Bennett

Power Outage Redux, 2013, ink, graphite & gouache, 8 x 11.5

Horse Show in the works

Posted in abstract, abstract expressionism, Art, art on paper, contingent art, design, events, exhibits, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, gesture, mixed media, monotype, oil painting, Painting, printmaking, Tom Bennett, Work in Progress, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by Tom Bennett

I have several works in an upcoming group show in Brooklyn. The exhibition has a theme: Horses. Theme shows are sometimes iffy, but I have confidence this will be very good. These two mixed media monotype/paintings in progress are part of several final pieces I’m working on for this show. The first one is in a very unresolved stage.

Strawberry Letter 22 or 23

Posted in Art, art on paper, Drawing, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2013 by Tom Bennett

Here are just a few recent life drawings done on the MTA, the NYC subway. I take the D, N and R lines to and from Brooklyn and Manhattan; most of the sketching is done at night on the train from Rockefeller Center in Manhattan to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I have a smallish sketchbook right now, about 8″ x  5.5″. The  challenge is to draw the subjects quickly and hope they don’t catch your eye. That kills it.

I grew up 70 miles from NYC, in the rural town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. I started visiting Manhattan from the age of 2 or 3, driving down the Saw Mill Parkway with my parents as my father delivered art to the publishing houses who hired him to do book cover illustrations. One of the main clients was Pocketbooks, a division of Simon & Schuster, whose offices are on 6th Ave, right across the street from the subway station I use now every day.

The music that speaks New York to me is particular and special to my history of NY as visitor then a 25-year resident. The attached song by the Brothers Johnson will forever conjure up trips to New York in 1978 that invariably ended up with bar-crawling, party-crashing and public debauchery.subway 3-27-13 a

sub 3-27 b

subway 3-27-13b

sub 3-28 a

sub 3-28 b

Pheromone 2013: Revisiting a Painting

Posted in abstract, abstract expressionism, Art, design, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, gesture, nude, oil painting, Painting, Tom Bennett, Toni Tiller with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Tom Bennett

This is a painting that has gone through a few variations over the past 8 months. I posted the first stage of it here : last May.  I had a conversation with our own Toni Tiller about it and she exhibited once again her insight with a suggestion concerning the editing of an unresolved area of  this abstracted design. The painting successfully translated form, color, value through rhythm and movement  but became confused and clunky in the ‘head’ area. I repainted that territory and pulled it into a more tangible architecture.  Its done, finally.

Pheromone  2013
Pheromone 2013, 2013, oil on canvas,  38 x 62″

Old Crotchety Carracci

Posted in Art, art on paper, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, male nude, monotype, narrative art, nude, Painting, printmaking, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2013 by Tom Bennett

Here’s an old monotype from the archives.

I once spent a week in the Uffizi drawing room collection when one could be issued a special permit to examine original old master drawings by hand (wearing special cotton gloves, of course)–literally holding the ancient drawings on paper in your hands! Needless to say, that special provision is history. Carracci impressed me with his beautifully facile line and form. I came away with a man crush on the old italian.


Posted in abstract, Art, expressionism, expressionist, figurative, mixed media, monotype, nude, oil painting, Painting, printmaking, Tom Bennett, work on paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2013 by Tom Bennett

Inaugural, monotype with oil paint overlay on paper, 28″ x 18″