New Title: So You Are Aware, There Is No One More On My Shitlist Than You Motherfucker
I was told by a man producing a big art show in 2015 to paint this image for the show and it’s the worst decision I ever made to agree to do it as I would have never chosen to paint/submit this image otherwise. It had nothing to do with the art I was trying to figure out back then. I sent this image to him on the fly as a thank you for including me in this show as I wanted to finally find a place in the art community here. I was encouraged by his enthusiasm, he said “paint this!” and told me I would be “the surprise hit of the show” and then told me another curator decided to use the image as the cover of the whole show, and that the decision was unanimous. He did not ask me and I should have said no. I trusted this man and I should have never done that. There is so much more I can say here about this nightmare but I’m not going to, even though he continues to promote my website on his website. I want nothing to do with this man. On a positive note, I have my painting back now and I do like how the painting turned out technically. 48″x48″ oil, commission
It was a great show and I was proud to be a part of it. More images from the show can be found on instagram @ damien28_bennett
Commissioned by Twitter HQ, 36×60 oil 2014
Probably my favorite portrait commission I’ve ever done.
I painted his hands in one 6 hour sitting and his face in one 7 hour sitting. I wanted to focus on building up the skin in all brushstrokes and very little blending of color. The layering of the shirt was also a favorite part to work on. There is a hot pink post-it in his pocket that I loved getting in paint.
My client said his name is Slim. he was a WWII vet, hobo, all around gentle guy everyone liked and father of 10 kids. My clients husband being #10.
I donated this for a live auction benefiting an LGBTQ film organization in Seattle. The theme of their auction was Xanadu so I painted Olivia Newton John in the film. I wanted a chance to experiment more painting metallic textures, it’s one of my current obsessions and I’ll definitely be including some of it in my own body of work.
I made this painting to test out some new materials and try some new techniques to use in some upcoming paintings. After doing mostly solid commissioned work for the past 2 1/2 years, I’m ready to begin building a body of work that’s my own subject matter. Commissions essentially taught me how to paint and sharpen my skills, I pretty much said yes to every commission so I learned a lot mostly by painting so much. Things really clicked for me in the studio recently and so now I’m finally ready to take the leap and focus on my creativity.
I’m not going to post many more commissions for awhile. Taking some time for my own work. The Hamburger Dog Experiment was given to a client as a gift.