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Bryony Bensly

Bryony Bensly’s work has been described as demonstrating “consummate artistic training, not just in the lavish and assured application of paint, but in accurate anatomical drawing – whose mastery is so complete she can deconstruct figures at will,” by Jan Adlmann, critic, curator, and former assistant director of the Guggenheim. After graduating, cum laude, from the New York Academy of Figurative Art in 2004, Bensly returned to Santa Fe, where she had been living for many years, and was awarded an Artist-in Residence by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation for 3 years. Her B.F.A, from Dartington College of Arts, in Sculpture, had given her a very solid conceptual beginning which is utilized in the formation of ideas. The recipient of several awards, Bensly now focuses completely on magical realist oil paintings, referencing stories and art, myths and legends, “to find common ground for discourse, a platform upon which we can connect.” Her current body of work champions endangered species giving a voice to those who cannot speak, her “work is focused on the preciousness of this planet and the life it sustains as we face environmental and political challenges. I wish to celebrate all the beauty that surrounds us – which in turn, reflects all that is within.”

Bensly lives in MA, painting full time and teaching classical art.

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2015 Simie Maryles Gallery, Provincetown : A Stand for Beauty
2014 Concord Library Art Gallery, Concord : In Dreams Awake
2008 The Historic Santa Fe Foundation : Decorate Me – the tattooed body
2007 The Historic Santa Fe Foundation : Movement and Time
2006 The Historic Santa Fe Foundation : New Work

Select Group Shows

2017 RJD Gallery, NY: BIG ART.small canvas.
2017 RJD Gallery, NY : Women Painting Women : A Voice with Vision.
Concord Arts, Concord : Member’s Juried show by Joanna Fink
Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington : 32nd Annual Portrait Show
2016 Concord Arts, Concord: 17th Annual Juried Ruddy Show
Three Stones Galler, Concord: Both Sides Now: Inner and Outer Landscapes
Fitchburg Art Museum: 81st Regional Arts Show
Francesca Fine Art, Lexington: 31st Annual Portrait Show
2015 Concord Arts Association, Concord :16th Annual Juried Roddy Show
Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Boston : The Salon Show
Concord : 5th Annual Open House Tour
NOA Gallery, Groton : Group Show
2014 Milton Art Museum, Canton : Third Annual Juried Competition
Simie Maryles Gallery, Provincetown : Group Show
Concord Arts Association, Concord : Members Juried 2
Albright Art Gallery, Concord : Group Show
2013Hempstead House, Sands Point : Designers Showhouse : Bloomsbury
Albright Art Gallery, Concord : Group Show
2012 Eggman and Walrus Gallery, Santa Fe : Group Show
2011 Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe : Faculty Show
2010 La Posada Hotel, Santa Fe : Group Show
Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe : Faculty Show
2009 La Posada Hotel, Santa Fe : Group Show
Art Gallery, Santa Fe : Group Show
Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe : Faculty Show
ASID Greystone Mansion, L.A : Design Showcase
2006 The Historic Santa Fe Foundation, Santa Fe : Artist’s in Residence Group
2004 Jonathan Ferrera Gallery, New Orleans : No Dead Artists
New York Academy of Figurative Art : Graduate S
2003 Sotheby’s, New York : Take Home a Nude
2000 Walden Gallery, New York : New Work
1999 Recycling Art Show, Santa Fe : Juried. Ist place
Nassan-Williams Gallery, Santa Fe.
1998 Nassan-Williams Gallery, Santa Fe.
1996-1997 Ab-Ovo Gallery. N.M.
1994-1995 Humana Gallery, N.M.
1993 The Black Sheep Gallery. Brighton, U.K .
1992 Bear Cave Gallery, Brighton, U.K.
1991 Diva, Devon : Local Artists
       

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