The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce our Spring 2014 show, Kaleidoscope, a solo-show of monotypes by local DC artist Philip Bennet. Kaleidoscope will open on Friday, April 11, 2014 with a celebratory nighttime reception and Q&A with the artist from 5-8pm at the gallery. The show will remain on view until Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Kaleidoscope features new original prints by Philip Bennet, many of them completed in 2014 specifically for the exhibit, all brimming with an opulent mix of color. Bennet’s medium of choice is the monotype, abstract and dynamic images achieved as a result of his playful and liberal approach to printmaking. He experiments with colored inks of varied viscosity, often employing hued “ghost” images as backgrounds for new prints and integrating multiple plates into each composition. His unrestricted and unique working style allows for a spontaneity and creative freedom not normally associated with printmaking. As a result, his watercolor-based monotypes feel fresh, immediate, and ephemeral, while his oil-based polychromatic creations are more intimate, enveloping viewers in colors so saturated they still seem wet on the paper.
In addition to the original monotypes on view, the exhibit will showcase one of Bennet’s original printing matrices, allowing viewers a close look at the printing tools and methods for color application used in Bennet’s monotypes. The show will also feature three original paintings and one collage, created from segmented and torn monotype prints.
Philip Bennet is a Washington, D.C. artist, working in acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and monotypes. Bennet has won numerous juried awards, and exhibits in shows both locally and nationally. His prints were featured in the Potomac Review, a Journal of Arts and Humanities, and listed in Strathmore’s 2010 edition of “Who’s Who Worldwide Directory for the Visual Arts.” Bennet is a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society, and a past member of the Foundry Gallery Cooperative in Washington, DC. He has prints in private and public collections, and was recently added into the museum collection at Grinnell College, his Alma Mater. Bennet attended Harvard Law School, and studied paintings at Torpedo Factory Art Center and Montgomery College.